After ages of commercial trades with Phoenicians, they settled in Sardinia about the 750 BC and preferred to stay near the coast zones to make the trade by sea easier.
The Phoenicians introduced in Sardinia the first gold jewels because they were skilled master of filigree techniques and granulation, well known at the time across all the Mediterranean Sea basin. These techniques, after about 3000 years, are nowadays still part of the traditional heritage of the Sardinian goldsmith's art.
Sardinia is a land of a great history, but it is also rich of natural beauties, with a crystal sea and lots of zones inwards of the island which are unpolluted.
Sardinia also has old Cultural Traditions. The most important is the “Sagra di Sant'Efisio” (Saint Efisio Festival) that is celebrated every year on the 1st of May, since 350 years ago in honour of the Saint that freed the city of Cagliari the regional capital of Sardinia, from the plague. On this day a lot of people, who are waiting the simulacrum of Saint Efisio, admire the parade of traditional costumes of Sardinia adorned with rich jewels of gold and silver filigree.
Pictures from “Sagra di Sant'Efisio”

Sardinia is an island of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a very old land with stones that date back to 300 million years ago. Mankind appeared in Sardinia about 500.000 years ago in the Lower Palaeolithic and the first traces of handmade production date back to the Ancient Neolithic (6.000 – 4.000 BC), the same era of the Japanese Jomon period.
At that time, the prehistoric man discovered the obsidian in Sardinia, which is a black and volcanic glass that was used to build arrows to go hunting and other tools.
The “domus de janas” or fairy's houses, from where derive the “myth of the filigree”, date back to 3.500 B.C., more than 2.000 years before the Bronze Age and the appearance of “Nuraghi”, the great towers made of stone. The most ancient jewels found in Sardinia date back to 1.700 B.C. and round about 1000 B.C. appeared the nuragic “bronzetti”, bronze statuettes that portray men, warriors and depict carts and ships.
This land doesn't resemble any other place on earth.
Sardinia is something else:
A fascinating place
with wide travelling distances,
nothing finished, nothing definite.
... It is like freedom itself.

(D.H. Lawrence - Mare e Sardegna 1921)
Bronzetti nuragici
(1000 a.c.)
Il guerriero
L'arciere
Bronzetti di Sardegna
Nuraghe Piscu - Suelli
Nuraghe Piscu - Suelli
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