Wednesday, 2:30 pm
“I just started a new piece for a woman from Maryland. They stay at Smuggs every year and this time she brought me old jewelry to use to make a pendant for her.”
Silvio sits at the workbench, intent upon the project before him. He continues, “She gave me very interesting rings and diamonds, some of which appear to be from the 18th century. You can tell by the cut. A couple of the pieces are probably from the 19th century, but they include stones that were likely re-purposed from even older pieces.”
Silvio made a sketch to propose a design. “Since all the stones are diamonds, I suggested a drop design, on a three slide pendant. I think it’s going to be a great piece.”
Meanwhile, a young couple from Westford comes in: “Jennifer from The Farm Store told us we should stop here,” they announce upon greeting Silvio. “Ha! Great. Jennifer is so thoughtful. I like to send people over to her shop too.”
The young man is a gem and mineral collector. Before too long, he and Silvio begin a spirited conversation about pieces they have acquired over time. Silvio pulls fossilized wood out of the case for a closer look, their expert eyes had spotted it already. The young woman tries on a ring and jokes, “Hu-ho! It fits!”
They will return with some of their own collection of gems and stones to show Silvio. The sky is gray today, but the atmosphere in Silvio’s shop it radiant.