sant’agostino church {rome} coral stone inlay pendant

The Basilica of Sant’Agostino is a Roman Catholic church near Piazza Navona, in the rione Sant’Eustachio, in Rome, Italy. It is one of the first Roman churches built during the Renaissance. The façade was built in 1483 by Giacomo di Pietrasanta, from a design by Leon Battista Alberti, using travertine said to have been taken… Read More sant’agostino church {rome} coral stone inlay pendant

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