For my birthday this year, I asked for a ring. What Andrew came up with surprised and delighted me. We went around to a couple of jewelry stores and I didn't see much of anything I liked. Then he said, "I know about this place in North Beach ... "
We ended up at Macchiarini Creative Design
which has 65 years of history spanning 3 generations. We met Daniel Macchiarini who guided us through the process of having a ring created just for me.
After choosing a design idea, Dan created a couple hand carved wax prototypes for me. After picking my favorite of the prototypes (and it was hard to choose) I booked a date for the "casting party."
It was an amazing experience to actually participate in casting my ring. Andrew and I were brought back into Dan's workshop to start the casting and I immediately fell in love with every piece of equipment, every overstuffed shelf, every bit of history that surrounded me.
It was magical to be a part of this process from beginning to end. My ring brings me intense joy precisely because I know it's story - because I'm a part of it's story. This is the kind of connection I wish I had with all of the items I use each day. It's the reason I devote so much time to making things for myself and for others.
These photos are of the space and of the casting process. In the end, I was the one that reached into the disintegrating mold and pulled out my ring. The casting process destroys the wax prototype. There will never be another ring just like mine.