The idea for Opera Bracelets was born while designer Cindy Battisti was standing in the Met Opera
In 2007 my husband Andrew and I decided to spend our 15 year wedding anniversary at the Met seeing Die Walkure… when we listened in future to live Saturday matinee broadcasts from the Met we wanted to be able to say “we were there once!”
Afterwards, I visited the
Met Opera Shop... There were many beautiful pieces of jewelry, but I couldn't
help noticing that nothing really evoked Die Walkure.
Right then, standing right here I started to have an idea... wouldn’t it be great if there was a bracelet with 9 aurora borealis beads to represent the Valkyries? I had learned in grade school mythology class long ago that the aurora borealis is created by the Valkyries shields. In the end I thought “well maybe I’ll just make myself my own memento.”
The next January, I had some time free from my decorative painting business. So, during a snowstorm, I experimented with beads to make my Die Walkure Bracelet. After the nine aurora borealis beads, I thought ….well there should be a bead for Wotan… Then the idea literally spiraled (like a bracelet) into representing the whole story. I hadn’t even finished when I realized my idea could represent ANY opera.
And I thought that if I was looking for something tangible to connect me to my opera memories, possibly other passionate opera lovers were also.
I reached a point where painting was becoming physically challenging (really more a business for earlier in life). I started to understand that this jewelry idea might need to happen. It might not be optional.
For a couple of years preparations for Opera Bracelets overlapped with my decorative painting business.
By 2010, Opera Bracelets was ready for business with 8 bracelet designs.
Today collection now consists of bracelets representing over 60 different operas... and...you can even find them in the Met Opera Shop!