coral museum in alghero sardegna and testing for true coral

On a recent trip to the coastal city of Alghero, Sardegna (Sardinia), I visited the Museo del Corallo, a small museum about the ancient local red coral trade. Corallium rubrum, some of the highest quality and perhaps most endangered coral of the Mediterranean, has been harvested around Alghero for centuries and has been an important artistic… Read More coral museum in alghero sardegna and testing for true coral

lapis lazuli “magia del blu” @ museo degli argenti – pitti palace

Lapis Lazzuli: Magia del Blu June 9 – October 11, 2015 Museo degli Argenti – Palazzo Pitti, Florence Since antiquity, lapis lazuli has historically been a highly regarded rare and regal semi-precious stone imported from Asia and utilized for it’s beautiful blue hue in art objects (jewelry, carvings, boxes, mosaics, ornaments, vases) and for paint… Read More lapis lazuli “magia del blu” @ museo degli argenti – pitti palace