September 13, 2011
Hmm, smalti – little chunks of pure colourful expensive opaque glass. Sweeties, they look so sort of toffee like they make you want to bite them (but don’t, obviously). The grandest mosaics are made of smalti, or actual marble or precious stones. It also has a bit of stained glass in it here and there. This is a 50th wedding anniversary present, there’s a hidden code, the oblongs (years) at the right hand side overlap onto the next row (because they were married in April), and each red square is a child, or a grandchild, set into the year he or she was born. This is 12 inches square, and just pure amazing colour. Also available in subtle.