I expected a few old-fashioned-looking, hand-hammered rings with tiny stones, but that's not at all what I discovered.
Antonio, who is also a sculptor, uses unusual metals -- white and rose golds, for example -- and gems and stones like fire opals to create clean, modern pieces. I tried on several, including the gorgeous, hard-angled gold ring at the bottom of this post, with onyx pave-cut gems encrusted on the sides like stars scattered in a constellation. He put a bronze ring on my finger, which I quickly took off again and pointed to a gold ring.
"Oh, I'm sort of into the 1970s Carly Simon, big hat, flowy dress, barefoot thing lately," I said. "I love silver, but I'm more into the gold vibe lately." Christine nodded in agreement, but Antonio, who didn't grow up with American pop culture, obviously, was at a loss.
"Cah-rrrr-leee Simon?" he asked. Christine and I shrugged, shared the moment, continued gaping at the jewelry.
Finally, I chose these two delicate simple rings that can be worn together or separately. "These are for everyday," Antonio said.
What he means is everyday fabulous.