Tuesday, August 7, 2007

What to Give People Who Have Everything

My parents are celebrating their wedding anniversary in three weeks. They have quite a collection of art glass, so this set of four gilded Murano goblets will delight them.

4 Murano Glass Goblets
$350.00 Vivre

I visited the island of Murano off the coast of Venice a few years ago — the old Renaissance artisan traditions are still alive, although nowadays the glassmakers are allowed to leave the island. In the Renaissance, once you were inducted into the secrets of the glassblowers, you could never leave the island again. The art of glass was considered to be almost alchemical in nature and the secrets were guarded zealously. This is a great price on this set of goblets: you could not get them much cheaper if you were to hop on a plane tomorrow and buy them on location. I suggest you do that some day. There is still magic there.

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