Shopkeeping requires one be willing to do even the little maintenance jobs that ensure a welcome environment for visitors. In the tradition of old-world shopkeepers, and those who have labored in their own businesses and trades since, Silvio approaches every task with a smile.
“This is the anvil block Roderick Murray made for me. It’s Beech. He chiseled it perfectly, by hand. It fits very snuggly.”
“See the wing in this one?” asks Silvio. “There is a mosquito and a spider in the other one. The bugs get stuck in the resin and then it’s a very slow and long process. These are at least 10,000 years old. It takes that long for the resin to turn to amber and preserve them like this.”
The jeweler’s magnifying glass reveals the “life” captured within and how one drop of resin from the lifeline of a tree, in a chance encounter with innocent creatures, seizes in an instant the perfection of nature.