This season, we have added one very special oversized glass ornament to the Holiday Collection. Of course, I think all 34 of this year’s collection are special, but we wanted to design one ornament that was more than six inches in diameter, hand-painted in an opulent pattern based on an old Russian egg.

Inspired by the scrolls and flourishes, Ben in the New York City studio first painted a blue version on a oversized glass ball, just so we could clearly see how the pattern would fit across the entire surface.

Nicole then was able to make a flat colored rendering, and filled it in with a jewel-tone palette, outlines of glitter, and 300-plus Swarovski crystals.

The team in Poland then went to work bringing our concept to life on the first mouth-blown glass sample. We loved the look of it, but felt that the red background was too flat, so we asked them to try another sample with a more mottled red/burgundy finish.

It all came together in one spectacular design that we have fittingly named the 2014 Opulent Glass Ornament.

To further signify the importance of this ornament, we have limited the edition to just 275 pieces that I personally numbered and signed.

I look forward to making this an annual tradition.

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