Thursday, January 4, 2018



REPAIR REPAIR REPAIR

 This client brought her grandmothers ring in with the10 miniature pearls missing  around the jade center stone .  .  Prongs on the jade stone ----were bent and and was in a bad case of repair.
I know I should post the before and after but trying to get it done before christmas the before shot was deleted on my old phone .   ugh!!!

The ring is done its late 50's early 60's 14k with a jade center stone.  The restoration  to match the pearls and rebuild 2 prongs the jade stone -- to look like the original ones.   So much work - so much fun - and so much research to make it look and in its original look without loosing value to the ring.

Its done and ready to go back to her ...


.Im so proud of the restoration work we do here that I will be posting more of that stuff .    

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hot Glass still makes me weep with JOY

I got a few sets of these candlesticks set as an alternative to the traditional Shabbat set we find in stores and on the net .... They intertwine with each other , to represent community , traditions , and a life partner.

I hope they are received by my easy village customers .... I think they are just beautiful .
Each set is one of a kind , and , the artist will do them in a color of choice






Sunday, June 26, 2016

GAY AND LATINO IN NEW YORK


Ive been marching and dreaming since the 60's for many of the accomplishments that have come to fruition for my community. 
It's proof to my heart that keeping faith in the good , can bring about positive change. 

The endless hours of volunteering , marching , dreaming , and hoping for change. 
Trying to show the world around me that I am worthy of respect and their faith . 
Losing all my immediate family , friends, and possession's taught me to keep going to the light . 

" I know Jesse and he is not the stereotype gay or latino we hear about. "

Im going over to the parade today with pride, hope, and joy .....

Im tired of the struggle and yet Orlando reminds me that , its just begun....

I'm tired of the violence , and understand , I still have to be careful.

I'm tired of the intolerant , but , know there is nothing I can do to change anyone, 

For all those who know that I live a good , peaceful , artistic  life in New York City, I say thank you for your admiration, support and love.....

Today , I march  with love for all my fellow gay LATINO brothers and sisters who need to know they are children of God , no matter what extreamism teaches . 

I send out love and light to everyone and dedicate my day to my sister Tina (who passed away )  , who would always celebrate June on her day of birth ,  and on Gay Pride Day 

Con amor y respecto 





Saturday, March 19, 2016

ITS ABOUT TIME

IT'S ABOUT TIME ............

and  all ...................the -----stuff that comes with keeping 
our life in order . 

My day is filled with, watch repair, watch bands , and just 
watching people in new york . 

I love my handmade ,clocks and watching them get adopted by people all over the world .  
 I sold one to a tourist from France today. 
I told her my clock speaks ,fluent, french , and will keep her on time . but her payment has to be in dollars.

Silly me , a clock tells time --here, there , or anywhere. 



Friday, March 4, 2016

I have WEDDING BANDS for everyone -STRIGHT -GAY- OR -CONFUSED

I HEARD THAT SOME OF THE ORTHODOX JEWS
ON WEST 47TH STREET 

WERE NOT COMFORTABLE SELLING WEDDING BANDS TO SAME SEX COUPLES .

I respect their religious rights .

So , instead , of trying to critize or berate anyone 

Charlie , Susan and I designed the greatest collection of WEDDING BANDS . 

The first samples are in stainless steel and brass. 

But if your in love , or lost your ring, or just want a great friendship ring 

I can make these up in white or yellow, GOLD __ in a skinny ,credit card ,gay , moment. 







Diamond Dust looks amazing ----   Wedding Band heaven .......

A NEW WATCH BAND IS A SPRING MUST

 


                                                         What a crazy winter this has been .  
I cannot figure out what to wear because of the ..... fluxuation ...in tempetures.

One thing is for sure .....................SPRING is right AROUND THE CORNER .

New haircut ?  Nails and toes polished ?  A deep message and a day without your phone ?

A NEW WATCH BAND  is a perfect way to spruce up your watch and make that bare wrist ready for the sunny days - that are on their way .

Over the years Ive watched so many watch band companies merge , or , quit .   but .....

I still carry the very ,sturdy , leathers ,
with a texture
or plain ole glove leather.

I still carry a selection of extra long or extra small - for those hard to fit wrists .
Colors (RED , BLUE ECT ) are special ordered and can come with your original buckle .

I still place them on your watch for free
and I still let you pick out the new shades that will elevate you this spring.

I have no idea why uptown stores charge double for the same watch bands .  but

if you come to Galleria J Antonio your timepiece will be happy .


Thursday, August 13, 2015

43 AVE A

THE NEW STORE IS ALMOST READY TO OPEN
I hope to be up and running 100% by September 2015

14 months of trying to get this done has taken its toll on me, but, its over and Ive landed on my feet , not my head.

I think !!!!


 Im in the PITT -----called 43 ave A

Yes , the pitt  - let me explain
A man fell into a pitt and couldn't get out .
A subjective person came along and said "I feel sorry for you down there"
An objective person walked by and said "It s logical that someone would fall into that pitt"
A Catholic priest walked by and said"Only, bad people fall into pits; you deserve your pitt"
A Christian Scientist said " The pitt is your Mind"
A Therapist walked by and said " Your mother and father are to blame for you being in that pitt
Believe in yourself and you can get out"
An optimist said " Things could be worse!! " That pitt could be in Texas.
A pessimist declared  " Things will get worse and sure enough they did -
A new york city landlord walked by and calculated- how much  rent per square foot-for the pitt -
and
threw
 down


 a       RENT BILL -**************:)




with a notice to vacate if he did not pay for his pitt .

My point is that so many people saw my move into this space as they perceived their own world and values.
Its very simple - THIS PITT will allow me to keep my job
Work less hours and end my retail career with dignity   .

All the other stuff was made up in a - world of control - misinformation - and fear.

As you can tell - Im feeling better

See ya @  THE PITT   43 Ave A  Nyc 10009