In Light of Family - The fusion of old world goldsmithing with modern design
 
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Cuff links of Great Grandmother Aurora, her 22K gold chain and tablecloth
Long before she came to America, Great Grandmother Aurora owned a steamer trunk with beautiful hand-embroidered tablecloths passed down from family, including a few she made herself.  Some sections are so elaborate that the supporting linen appears to be hidden.  She's gone now, but the tablecloths are kept safe in the same steamer trunk with one or two brought out on special family occasions.  Reminders of the importance of time, care and attention to detail.
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When Great Grandfather Antonio married Aurora, he gave her a very long 22K gold chain.  A traditional gift for the bride that took Antonio years of saving.  With much of that from working the farm, there are a few family stories having to do with hard work, ingenuity and making do with what one has.  Before she passed on, Great Grandmother Aurora asked me to divide the chain in three.  One for each grandchild.  (One is shown in the very first photo above.)   Around the time I worked on the chain, I came to realize something that family was telling me all along: 
What changes isn't as important as what never changes. 
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A favorite suit of mine. One day I hope to own one made by Lorenzo.
Cousin Lorenzo is a tailor who specializes in custom suits.  He lived in New Jersey for a while but has moved back home to Italy.  Passed down to him from his father are old world hand methods that he carefully applies even to the layers that will never see the light of day.   Without any real discussion he managed to teach:   Value without compromize. 
Affordable luxury. 
Quality without cutting corners.  
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Family strengthens one's identity and connects us to what is important.  And so my work is an alchemy of traditional techniques and sensibilities as I strive to create an aesthetic that forges an emotional connection.
suzanne fromanl
11/6/2010 18:29:45

Hi Al and Caroline
just checking out this new space for you. I loved the great grandmother story and pic. Very nice . Hope you two are well. I am okay. Still trying to make sense of my life without Randy. I cry everyday and miss him so much. the best part of me is gone and the house is so lonely.
My San francisco giants won the world series and I loved every minute of it. Am now having baseball withdrawls. Ha Ha.
keep loving each other
Suzanne

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4/12/2012 01:16:57

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2/11/2011 13:09:42

So true what you write of your family. Mine wasn't the same. My grandmother (my father's) wasn't married that I know of. I never heard anything about husbands & I know that not all th children has the same father. His family came over from Hungary when he was 3 & since he was the oldest & the next 2 siblings had the same father, my grandfather must've immigrated along with his family. Wish I knew the history bu my father's been gone for over 30 years now.

My grandfather (my Mom's side) was a drunk & in & out of prison for petty crimes so I never knew him either. My grandma came from Austria & I have a photo of her with her 2 younger sisters when they were dressed in their finery . All were grown then & my grandma had 3 children already. The photo dates from before WWI. I love that photo. But the family were very poor & my grandma was beaten & abused by a cruel stepmother. I have her fine crocheting hooks & my Mom has a few things of hers that I will inherit when she passes.

Wish I knew more of my background but it's been hard to trace without spending a lot of money. I loved reading of your family history & I especially love the values most people had back then. Wonderful lessons to pass down to you.

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