RITORNELLO COLLECTION: Be a part of the story. Be a part of the music.
After rebuilding woodwind instruments for seventeen years, I can't help but notice the hand of the maker, the thought behind the mechanical design, and even the touch of the player upon the instrument keys. Unlike violins, woodwind instruments have a finite lifespan, and sometimes meet an unfortunate or even tragic end. Rather than relegate what's left to the scrap heap, I take the silver-plated keys from irreparably damaged instruments and incorporate them into turquoise settings to memorialize the musical voice that was lost. I also draw inspiration from the sculptural elements of the instruments to create settings that accentuate the beauty of the gemstones.