native italy


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. 💙

quick list of random shokugeki headcanons

  • souma still uses kiddy toothpaste because he likes the fruity flavours
  • ryou has gotten demerit marks for getting into numerous fights in school - all the people he clobbered were those who made fun of alice’s albinism
  • hayama has once accidentally called jun “mum” in his native language
  • back in italy, isami is actually much more popular than takumi in school 
  • polar dorm members believe they can tell the weather by the state of souma’s bedhead. so far no one has gotten a single accurate weather prediction with this method.
  • takumi owns a stuffed crocodile that isami won for him in the very first festival they took part in in japan. it’s named salami and he sleeps with it every night, without fail.
  • ryou is alice’s first real friend. she used to repeat this fact all the time as kids.
  • math and science are megumi’s best subjects
  • to this day, erina has never done a beep test. souma is the one who introduces her to it.
  • when takumi really gets upset, he shuts down and doesn’t speak to anyone for days
  • among all the polar star members, megumi is (surprisingly) the first to find out santa doesn’t exist (age 7). yuki was the last (age 12)
  • alice applies lotion to ryou’s hands every night before they sleep
  • souma tries to guess how short takumi will cut his hair after a holiday/period of time of not seeing him
  • hayama has never gotten a cold

August 21st 1911: Mona Lisa stolen

On 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.

anonymous asked:

How would the 2ps feel if their s/o woke them up in the morning by shining a laser pointer at them so their dogs/cats jump on them? (you know how dogs and cats will chase after lasers?)

*loUD SCR EAMI NG*: 2P!Romano, 2P!AMERICA, 2P!Germany, 2P!China

*uncomfortable noises*: 2P!Prussia, 2P!England

*yelling in native language*: 2P!Italy

*glaring at s/o*: 2P!Canada, 2P!France, 2P!Japan, 2P!Russia

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. 

It was 15 August 1997 when in Italy, my native country (now I live in The Netherlands) was aired the first episode of Slayers.

This series changed my life and I owe 3 important things to Slayers:

1) I changed completely my art style

2) I’m became a Cosplayer(yeah, are 19 years that I do cosplay and my first costume was Lina).

3) I met my husband. (I and my husband met on a Slayers mailing list and I approached him cos he used as nick “Zel”)

Always I was pretty bound to Zel and Amelia, so I decided to draw this pic with them for this kind of personal celebration.


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.