Nicolo was born into the prosperous Re merchant family of Sicily. Growing up he was taught the family buisness by his older brothers. At a young age though, he knew that he would never be happy with a merchant's life. He longed to work with the beautiful cut and polished stones that his family so often traded in. He left his family behind and found an apprenticeship with a master jeweler in Palermo. he studied there for years attaining the status of journeymen jeweler. Luco of Mercere saw immediately upon meeting Nicolo that the quality of his work had exceeded that of his master and made him an offer to come to Catania to practice his craft. He now hopes to find others who might wish to purchase his cut jewelry and perhaps even an apprentice he can train as well.