One can only begin to imagine what special forms the tradition of jewelry making takes in Sardinia when looking at the valuable ornamented gold and silver gems pictured here. Singular in the world for its mineral richness, the island contains a wealth and collection of jewels that is unparalleled among other lands. Despite its relatively small size of 24.000 square kilometers, Sardinia is set apart by possessing all of the minerals that are found on the other five continents, combined. The variety and richness of the precious stone industry in Sardinia has been honored by receiving note as a UNESCO world heritage site. Jewelry has been manufactured in Sardinia for thousands of years, creating an incredible tradition of authentic cultural treasures.
There are still regions of Sardinia where today the traveler can find gold and silversmiths who create rare originals. Walk among the lanes of the old part of Iglesias, the center of the mining culture, and you can see the artists at work. While admiring the incomparably beautiful panorama of the coast from Nebida and Masua, you may catch a glimpse of the "Pan di zucchero", a large rocky range which peeks majestically out above the sea. The colors of the ocean aspire brilliantly to attract your attention with blue and turquoise hues. Rich sandstone cliffs stand above in stoic comparison to the playful sea, making your journey along the coast an eventful sightseeing tour. Stopping in Barbagia, you can duck in from the beautiful surroundings to witness the finely ornamented gems of the island being formed into intricate patterns. Many villages are renowned for their jewelry craft, and you must be sure to visit Oliena, which lies along the foot of the mountain range, Dorgali, near the incredible Bue Marino Grotto and the beach of Cala Gonone, and Nuoro, which coincidentally is located near the quarter of Grazia Deledda, the Nobel prize winning writer, also a local of the island.
Jewelry is also crafted in the studios of Bosa, the medieval city which lies on the Temo river, known for its finely detailed silver and gold work. Through the shop windows of Cagliari and Villacidro, a wondrous collection of glittering necklaces, ornate rings, unique arm bands, stunning broaches and classic earrings is found. If desired, you can purchase these finished masterpieces or better, let them be designed for you according to your individual tastes from a master craftsman. In any case, you can be sure that jewelry purchased from this island carries with it part of the cultural story of Sardinia, a tradition rich with uniqueness and beauty.
With our letter from Sardinia this year, we want to introduce you to Sardinia‘s most famous wine: Cannonau. It is believed to have existed since the time of the Nuraghi, making this glorious wine about 3000 years old. This is a wine whose trademark is its history.
With our letter from Sardinia this year, we want to introduce you to Mercato di San Benedetto, the market of the Holy Benedikt.
With this year's letter from Sardinia, we would like to introduce you to a Sardinian musician with a world-wide reputation. Luigi Lai has the following to say about his instrument, the oldest wind instrument in the Mediterranean area: "The launeddas is my life". It is also the most harmonious voice of Sardinia, the jewel of the Mediterranean.
In this letter, we would like to introduce you to the contemporary ceramic works of the famous Sardinian artist Emilia Palomba. Her workshop is currently in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, but she previously also worked in Rome and Venice. The studio in Cagliari is always worth a visit.
Sardinia, our "Paradisola", is a gem of hospitality in the Mediterranean. Anyone who has ever been there knows what we are taking about: for the Sards hospitality is not a program, but rather a shared life. Hospitality has its roots in enjoyment of life, simplicity and humility. This trait can be appreciated especially in the context of "Cortes apertas," an authentic Sardinian tradition, which we discuss in more detail in our traditional "Letter from Sardinia."
This year we send our letter from Sardinia with the paintings and words of Maria Lai, the most important living artist on Sardinia, who is now more than 90 years old. She says to you, 'I am happy if I am able to give you, at this moment of global insecurity, the feeling of holding the sun in your hand, – “tenendo per mano il sole” – and to feel the longing for the skies, since it is the sun and the skies that give us first knowledge and then growth for happier living.'
We are shown gorgeous Sardinian women in their traditional costumes being one of the most precious attractions of this sunny and maritime island. Mark the rich details, the golden embroideries, the handmade headpieces, the wedding gowns, and evening dresses in kaleidoscopic colors. Observe the young women’s jewelry made of gold and silver, crafted most delicately by skilled artisans. Colors and jewels gleaming at the famous festivals in all the towns and villages of the island.
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One can only begin to imagine what special forms the tradition of jewelry making takes in Sardinia when looking at the valuable ornamented gold and silver gems pictured here. Singular in the world for its mineral richness, the island contains a wealth and collection of jewels that is unparalleled among other lands.
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