A palpable excitement is building around Pieter Brueghel the Younger. Celebrated as a faithful copyist of his father’s most popular compositions and a remarkable painter is his own right, collectors are scrambling to acquire works by the rediscovered master. The Life of the Artist Born in Brussels in 1564/5, Pieter Brueghel the Younger was the […]
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Though the opal was discovered centuries ago, the finest variety was not discovered 1905 in Lightning Ridge, Australia. Before this time, it was a dismal mystery to everyone what lied beneath this dry, quiet region. However, upon the first dig, an eager Charles Nettleton discovered a specimen of opal that would aesthetically surpass any other previously known opal: The Lightning Ridge black opal. News of this pioneering discovery soon broke and the gemstone market erupted in satisfaction and excitement. Spreading out of Australia and into Europe, this black-opal type experienced important and massive praise more than any other opal-type before. Lightning Ridge, consequently, became synonymous with these hypnotic jewels.
Absolutely convinced he would find treasure buried deep beneath the barren hills of Paraiba, Brazil, the legendary miner Heitor Dimas Barbosa tunneled with a dedication and fury unlike any seen before… The Games of the XXXI Olympiad are on the horizon to take place in the captivating and colorful city of Rio de Janeiro. Nestled […]
Today he is a household name, an outright celebrity of Western history, and an enduring icon of French culture: Napoleon Bonaparte. The gutsy, shrewd, and ambitious young general rose through the ranks of the French military, eventually seizing political power and naming himself the very first emperor of France. He was one of the greatest conquerors of modern history, expanding the French Empire and dominating European affairs in the years following the French Revolution. Undoubtedly, the history of France – and the world – would be written quite differently without Napoleon.
Joan of Arc. Anne Frank. Rosa Parks. Helen Keller. These extraordinary women are only a few from an endless list of influential, inspiring women who have changed the world for the better. Today, women contribute in ways both big and small to the social, cultural, economic and political spheres around the world. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on these achievements and to celebrate the accomplishments of women both past and present.