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Italian coins, Belgian button, Israeli artifact necklace Brussels Flea Market View in Israel Church in Puglia Italy
Although the original owners of these artifacts will never meet, they have found some common ground on this necklace.  The Italians who used these coins were probably late to dinner more than once as they hurried through cobbled-stoned streets. One...
Frida Kahlo Historic Downtown Mexico City Milagros Street Vendor Mexico City Mirror Flea Market Mexico City Chandeliers Mexico City Flea Market
Less Chaotic and easier to navigate than I imagined, Mexico City was full of surprises. This first thing I did right was to take a walking/eating tour that allowed me to sample the local street food. Although handicapped by my Pescetarianism, I was...
Mexico City Flea Market Mexico City
There’s been lots of buzz around Mexico City these days. To me, it’s best to go now before the "safer" Mexico City attracts too many tourists and what I do becomes more challenging. The New York Times recently named Mexico City the number one...
Chelsea Flea Market Chelsea Flea Market Pig Statue Chelsea Flea Market Finds First Hipster Back of the Chelsea Flea Market
The Chelsea Flea Market wasn't where I expected it to be (I was looking for a big garage), but that’s usually when the most charming moments happen. The annex on West 25th Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway offered a smattering of objects...
This video is a brief synopsis of my last "treasure hunt" to Puglia, Italy where I visited the various market in search of artifacts to make into jewelry.
Jessica Ricci Jewelry Former Yugoslavia Stamp Pendant Necklace Jessica Ricci Jewelry Former Yugoslavia Stamp Pendant Necklace Zagreb, Croatia Flea Market Zagreb, Croatia Flea Market City of Dubrovnik, Croatia Stamps from the former Yugoslavia behind plastic
I try to make jewelry from what is left behind. I think of these objects (stamps, coins, keys, lace, amulets…) as cultural artifacts, or proof of history. In Croatia, I focused on an entire country that existed, and then didn’t, and I hoped to find...
Dubrovnik, Croatia Dubrovnik, Croatia The Island of Lokrum, off of Dubrovnik Croatia The walk to the Hrelic Market Hrelic Market, Zagreb, Croatia
The HBO television show, “Game of Thrones,” popularized Croatia recently and hurled it into the collective consciousness with its Romantic landscapes and fortified cities.    Although the saga has captured Americans, Europeans have long vacationed...
Croatia Game of Thrones The Island of Odysseus
Geographically in a place historically “between” places, Croatia has been host to invaders and kingdoms, socialists and Catholics; and bandied about by Italians and Hungarians. Odysseus was said to have even paused at one of its Islands for a stint...
Budapest Budapest Budapest Bridge Budapest Flea Market Lace from Budapest flea market Budapest flea market
I don’t often revisit places during my travels, but I made an exception for Budapest, a city once coveted by Ancient Romans and Russians alike. Once 20 years has elapsed, anyway, I consider a place -- and myself— to be brand new. And, Budapest...
Almost a decade ago I took a very casual lost wax jewelry making class in the bottom of a church in Rome. It was very rudimentary and the first time I had ever heard of the process which transforms wax into metal through an ingenious and ancient...

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