Super horrible late night pictures, but! I want to talk about this for a minute.
This stone is a type I’ve only gotten to work with once before. It’s known as “flower quartz”. It’s a rare type of quartz that contains inclusions of pyrophyllite.
I got lucky earlier this year when I went to a mineral show in Quartzsite and found the vendors from who I bought the original pieces I had two years ago! They specialize in cutting cabochons and facets of included quartz (but they also have a couple other minerals as well). I didn’t hesitate to blow the rest of my budget that day on their booth on dozens of different gems, and I spent an hour or two conversing with them and learning about different inclusions and how to identify them. (They even shared with me some freshly brewed espresso that they brought with them from their native country of Italy! I was impressed lol!)
I am now finally getting to work with some of the pieces I bought from them. Keep an eye out during tomorrow’s shop update for some of the new wire wrap pieces I made with these incredible stones. 💙
this day in 1911, the Mona Lisa, a famous painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci,
was stolen from the Louvre in Paris. The painting was acquired by King Francis I of France soon
after it was finished in the early sixteenth century, and became the property
of the French state; in 1797, the Mona Lisa was put on display in the Louvre Museum
in Paris. In August 1911, an former employee of the museum named Vincenzo Peruggia hid in the Louvre overnight and smuggled the iconic painting out of the museum under his coat, past an unattended guard station. Despite the conspicuous empty space on the wall where da Vinci’s painting usually hung, it took a full day for guards to realise the Mona Lisa was stolen and not just taken for photographing or cleaning. The theft caused uproar, with another suspect arrested for the crime before being released for lack of evidence, and artist Pablo Picasso also being questioned. It took two years for Peruggia to be found, and he was only caught when he tried to sell the Mona Lisa in Florence, after having hidden the stolen painting in his Paris apartment for two years. Peruggia, an Italian immigrant, supposedly stole the painting in an effort to return it to its native Italy, though recent research suggests more material than patriotic intentions. The painting was displayed in Italy before returning to Paris in 1913, its theft having drawn the world’s attention to the Mona Lisa, making it the cultural icon it is today. Peruggia was arrested and imprisoned for seven months for committing one of the greatest art heists in history, but was hailed by many Italians
as a patriot.
We need more Spamano based on actual cultural differences, ‘cause if I can’t get over the Spanish eating at 11 PM, Romano can’t either. Also if any of them says anew that pizza is dog-food I swear to god I’m eating him alive
…the count was said to be “on terms” with Sorelli.
After her beloved was found washed up on the bank of the lake beneath the Palais Garnier, Sorelli went into a deep mourning, from which she never truly emerged. When she learned she was pregnant with the Comte de Chagny’s child, she sold some of the trinkets he had given her, and moved back to her native Italy. She gave birth to a baby girl, Francesca Philippine. She taught ballet to the children in her small town, and went by the name Madame de Chagny. She died in 1949, surrounded by grandchildren and great-granchildren.
These are two astonishing examples of petrified human cadavers, which both are the work of Girolamo Segato (1792-1836). Segato travelled Egypt as an archaeologist in the early 1800’s, ambitiously studying the ancient Egyptian arts of mummification. Upon return to his native Italy in 1823, Segato began experimenting with cadaver preservation inspired by ancient Egyptian mummification techniques, albeit uniquely different; rather than simply removing liquid from the body, draining them (which is the fundamental concept of mummification), he practised some sort of petrification, or mineralization, of the cadavers. Rumours quickly spread about Segato’s connections of ancient Egyptian magic and occultism, which forced him to discard all his notes, taking to his grave the secret technique of cadaver petrifaction. Numerous studies and attempts at mimicking his technique have been carried out through the years, but none successful. To this day, the unique methodology of Segato’s human cadaver petrifaction experiments remain mysterious and unknown.