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Can you tell glass from stone?

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Can you tell glass from stone?

We all know about the Italian Murano glass, but the fact is that the art of glass-making was inherited during the roman empire from the more ancient ancestry. The history of glass beads dates back to 3500 BC, when dedicated artists from Mesopotamia (the present-day area of parts of Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Turkey and Iran) crafted them with ingenuity and finesse. Interestingly, at that time the beads were not only an adornment, but the ancient version of money, traded all around the developed world. Not to go deeply into the history I want just to show something that impressed me – the imitation of...

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Jewelry by Salvador Dali - Spain || #TravelWithLB

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Jewelry by Salvador Dali - Spain || #TravelWithLB

I went to Figueres in Spain to see Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí and to check out some wonderful jewelry by the artist. Between 1941 and 1970 Salvador Dali created fantastic jewelry. He made the designs for the pieces on paper, with all kinds of details and great precision of shapes, materials and colors, while they were made up in New York by the team of the Argentinean-born silversmith Carlos Alemany under the close supervision of the artist himself. I was absolutely captured to see fantastic pieces on paper and made of stones, both – chef d’oeuvre. Dalí personally selected each of...

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