I love this bracelet! I purchased it as part of the Tosca Gift Set, so please see my complete and detailed review there.
Part of the "Inspired by…" series, the Vissi d'arte Bracelet is inspired by the heart breaking prayer in Act 2 of Puccini's Tosca. Singer Floria Tosca is put into an impossible dilemma, she must make a horrible decision - to give herself to Baron Scarpia or let her lover Mario die. She recalls her life of faith and good works and wonders why God would abandon her, putting her into this desperate situation.
I chose blue and purple beads to represent the night while watery teardrops reflect the depths of Tosca's despair. A heart-in-hand charm indicates her compassionate, anonymous help of the unfortunate. A music note charm and heart shaped beads symbolize Tosca's plea that she lived only for art and love. Floral and faceted beads along with an antique style flowered heart represent the flowers and jewels she would give to the church and her name, Floria.
All "Inspired By..." Series Bracelets come with a card that identifies the symbolism of the charms and colors used.
I love the quality, integrity and thoughtfulness of this bracelet. I wear it with pride and it is always a special conversation piece with my opera friends.
I just love this bracelet!
I ordered this bracelet for a friend of mine who was debuting as Tosca with a big opera house. The bracelet completely impressed me! It was beautifully designed and high quality. My friend was very happy with her gift :) Thank you!