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Aprosio & Co


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An illuminating boutique of miniature glass-beaded beauties.This truly imaginative jewellery and accessories boutique is in the heart of Florence's artisan quarter. Roman designer Ornella Aprosio opened her glass bead atelier and showroom in Florence in 1993, using traditionally made Murano glass and Bohemian crystal beads to create jewellery and accessories exclusively by hand. Perfection and attention to detail are of great importance to each unique piece, as the tiniest of glass and crystal beads are woven, crochet, knit and threaded. Taking inspiration from nature, you will see insects, snakes, flowers, animals and fruits in a large part of the collection of accessories. Her latest collection includes luscious objects for the home including curtains and cushions embellished with beads, and finely woven cashmere with crystal.

Giuliano Ricchi


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Florentine-style metal works are turned into precious little objects in this artisan studio.This delightful little laboratory sits quietly in Piazza Santo Spirito, holding an array of precious metal works created by Giuliano Ricchi. Having created works for Dior, Nina Ricci, Neiman Marcus and Santa Maria Novella's exclusive stores, this artisan's humble workshop-boutique will surprise you with how reasonably priced these luxurious little objects are.Exquisite key rings, pill boxes, business card holders, photo frames and jewellery are all painstakingly hand made in several different processes from start to finish including engraving, moulding, shaping, enameling and are priced between 12 – 25 euro for most objects, but many starting from as low as 5 euro. Beautiful enameled bracelets, made in brass and dipped in gold or silver, or bright ladybug or scarab keyrings and brooches would make perfect and unique handmade gifts, while things like the more masculine miniature pill boxes and decorative “post-it” note holders were a hit with the likes of Bill Clinton.Find Guiliano Ricchi's workshop at the far end of Piazza Santo Spirito. If the door to this palazzo is closed, ring the buzzer marked "Ricchi" and "Carlo Cecci", the old name of the studio and either Guiliano himself or his lovely wife will greet you into their lovely courtyard for a browse and perhaps even a tour of the workshop.