Her first postcard was a novel. Judging from the exclamation points, my friend's trip to Italy was going well. Her second postcard was shorter. She loved the museums, adored the countryside and announced that she would be happy living on bread and olive oil for the rest of her life. The last postcard was two sentences long. It read: "I'm NOT coming home. Please feed my cats." Score another one for Italy.
Reluctantly, my friend returned home. She brought an armful of gifts and a million stories from her trip. Among her haul of Italian treasures, was this stunning Concetta Bead Necklace. The strand boasts a glittering parade of .925 sterling silver orbs, flecked and finished in yellow gold. The bigger, rough beads alternate with smaller, smooth beads and the 18" length secures with a gold-finished, sterling lobster clasp (with 2" extender). Not surprisingly, my friend was back in Milan the next month. Looking at this collection, you can see what makes the beauty of Italy so hard to resist.