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The Resurgence of Murano Glass

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What happened in Murano, stayed in Murano.So was the rigidly guarded way of life on the tiny island in the Venetian Lagoon, about a mile north of Venice, where, in the late 1200s, the Venetian government mandated that the furnaces used by local glassmakers, and the glassmakers themselves, be relocated from the city center.Intended as a measure to protect central Venice from the fire hazard posed by the furnaces, the law also protected the secrets of the Murano glassblowers’ revered craft, which involves melting mineral sands at temperatures between 1,700 and 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit and adding in elements like cobalt and gold leaf to create vivid colors and glimmering finishes.The Murano name encompasses various styles and techniques, including millefiori, which is characterized by psyched...
Breast Milk Jewelry for Mothers Weaning Their Babies

Breast Milk Jewelry for Mothers Weaning Their Babies

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Alma Partida knew her breastfeeding journey was coming to a close in July. She had nursed her daughter, Alessa, for 18 months — longer than most mothers in the United States do — and the process had not been easy.First there was Alessa’s birth, by emergency cesarean section, in February 2020. In the hospital after surgery, Ms. Partida struggled to breastfeed. Once she and her daughter were discharged, nursing was still challenging.“It was a really long journey,” said Ms. Partida, a 29-year-old speech language pathologist in Watsonville, Calif. Now that it was ending, she wanted to find a way to mark it.While scrolling through posts on a parenting Facebook group, Ms. Partida came across an unusual but fitting keepsake: a pendant containing a white stone. The main ingredient? Breast milk.She...

The T List: Holiday Gift Guide, Part II

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Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. For this week, we’ve turned it into the second installment of our holiday gift guide, with recommendations from T staffers on what we’re coveting for ourselves this season, as well as the gifts we’re thinking of giving our friends and loved ones. Read the first edition here, and sign up here to find us in your inbox every Wednesday. And you can always reach us at tlist@nytimes.com.Wrap PartyCashmere Scarves With Old-World CharmBy David FarberWhile a scarf may not be the most unexpected gift you give this holiday season, thanks to a recent collaboration between Saved NY — the home goods store and line founded by Sean McNanney — and the artist Lukas Palumbo, also known as Lukas The Illustrator, it could be the most beautiful...

A Prince Who Is ‘Fascinated by Gems’

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Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia has a notable pedigree. His lineage, which includes Catherine the Great, also encompasses the deposed royal families of Italy, Russia and Greece — and his mother is Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma, known for her fabulous collection of emeralds.“I would see her getting ready to go out,” the prince recalled, “wearing her jewelry, especially her emeralds. They were beautiful.”Thanks to those early visions, he said, “I’ve always been fascinated by gems.”The prince, 63, now lives in New York City. His apartment, between exclusive Sutton Place and Beekman Place, is filled with family photographs of elegant women in gowns and tiaras. It is not surprising that Dimitri — as he prefers to call himself rather than using Karageorgevich or other transliterated versions ...
World Series Rings: Everyone Wants them, No One Wears Them

World Series Rings: Everyone Wants them, No One Wears Them

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“It was a lot bigger than we expected,” said Rick Helling, a pitcher for that team who now works for the players’ association. “It was so big they actually made a smaller one that you could purchase to wear. What happened was, the owner was talking like, ‘Hey, if we win this thing, we’re going to have the best ring ever.’ So a lot of the players, like Josh Beckett and Dontrelle Willis, were like, ‘All right — you said it!’ And give him credit, he actually came through. It’s an amazing ring. When people see it, they’re like, ‘Wow!’”Helling does not wear that ring, though, nor does he wear the much smaller ring he got for playing with the Marlins’ other title team, in 1997, even though he was traded to the Rangers that summer. It is customary, but not mandatory, to give rings to all players ...
A Bag Returns From the Year 2000

A Bag Returns From the Year 2000

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Fashion Week is back in full force, and there’s a lot to see. Blink (or scroll too fast on Instagram) and you’ll miss the details: tiny bags, tall shoes, feathered hats, leather capes and diamond dog collars. So as part of a new series, Wow Moment, we’ll spotlight things we saw on the runways that delighted or mystified us.PARIS — The new Valentino bracelet bag is meant to be seen in movement, wind rippling through its ostrich feathers, light catching the sheen of its silk satin and the sparkle of its embroidered crystals as it swings from the hand of some glamorous person. (This person may not be naturally or holistically glamorous, but the bag alone could make it so.)It is decadent. It is couture. It is also not technically new.The piece, which appeared at Valentino’s spring 2022 show on...
Rappers Come Shop for Jewelry. Icebox Turns the Cameras On.

Rappers Come Shop for Jewelry. Icebox Turns the Cameras On.

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Oodles more hip-hop clients followed, many of whom found Icebox more welcoming than the city’s other jewelry options. “You think about the guy in Atlanta who comes in with a bunch of tattoos, smells a little bit like weed, has long dreads — nine out of 10 places he goes, they’re not showing him any respect,” Zahir said. “We’re here to give them respect from the moment they walk in the store.”Icebox started to become a rapper safe space and playground. Soulja Boy and Wiz Khalifa filmed themselves coming into the store for videos they posted online. In the mid-2010s, as Instagram was becoming ubiquitous as a tool of social documentation, “we started to see celebrities were posting pictures of themselves with other celebrities in Icebox,” Mo said. Every week, the store tended to several stars...
When Old Spoons Make Really Great Necklaces

When Old Spoons Make Really Great Necklaces

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Fashion Week is back in full force, and there’s a lot to see. Blink (or scroll too fast on Instagram) and you’ll miss the details: tiny bags, tall shoes, feathered hats, leather capes and diamond dog collars. So as part of a new series, Wow Moment, we’ll spotlight things we saw on the runways that delighted or mystified us.PARIS — For environmentally conscious designers, the concept of zero waste is an important one: Let not one scrap of fabric go to the landfill. For Marine Serre, the dynamic young French designer, that rule extends to the cutlery drawer, too.Her new jewelry designs — part of her spring 2022 collection, presented Monday night in a Parisian courtyard — were made of antique silverware acquired at flea markets, Ms. Serre said. A spoon became a bracelet, curving around the wr...
The Back Story on the TikTok Necklace

The Back Story on the TikTok Necklace

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Pearls have been a fashion favorite for a couple of years now, fueled by online images of Harry Styles, Pharrell Williams, Dua Lipa and others draped in the gems.Pearl earrings, bracelets, brooches, necklaces, headbands, even ankle bracelets are all in demand, but the real stand out is Vivienne Westwood’s three-strand pearl choker. It has appeared so many times on TikTok, worn by so many stars and influencers, that “it’s actually called the TikTok Necklace,” said Jessica Richards, a trend forecaster and founder of JMR Design Consulting in New York.The choker has a total of 92 glass-based vegan pearls from Swarovski, strung and knotted by hand, and featuring Westwood’s signature orb logo in brass with either a silver or a gold tone. It sells for $590 on the designer’s website or in Vivienne...
Boryana Straubel, 38, Dies; Founded a ‘Green’ Jewelry Company

Boryana Straubel, 38, Dies; Founded a ‘Green’ Jewelry Company

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Boryana Dineva was born on May 25, 1983, in Bulgaria. With the fall of Communism in 1989, her family emigrated to Germany, where they lived for a few months in a refugee camp. They also lived in Austria and Russia. After learning English, Boryana spoke a total of five languages, all with an accent, she said, even her mother tongue.In 2008, she graduated from the College of San Mateo, a two-year community college in Silicon Valley, along with her younger brother, Stoyan. With scholarships from the San Mateo Rotary Club, among other awards, they were both accepted at Berkeley, where Boryana earned a degree in economics. She worked as an account manager at Brocade, a software company, before joining Tesla in 2011.She became vice president of talent and culture at the Wikimedia Foundation in 2...