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Phoenician Stone principals Joseph and Ron Sage are proud grandsons.

The seeds of their family's business, architectural antique acquisitions, were planted back in the 1940's by their grandfather Joseph Sage, Sr. When World War II ended, he started his general contracting company. Contracts he secured included working in historical medieval alleyways along Ancient Roman and Grecian ruins.

Soon, his passion for architectural antiques turned into a family business that his grandsons and his family members in Europe still manage to this day.

Phoenician Stone, with locations in Corona Del Mar and Los Angeles, is more showroom than store.

The Corona Del Mar double-storefront space, soon to expand, is a sight for all history buffs to see. The flooring is a collection of pavers and stones, samples of what customers can purchase, that average in age from hundreds to thousands of years old. Old world relics, mantles, Roman and Byzantine mosaic flooring suspended on walls, columns from Corinthian Greece mixed with hand-carved replicas crafted by Phoenician Stone artisans fill up the well-lit space.

Every piece offers a story about ancient times.

Joseph Sage's grandsons are reliable narrators. Each majored in art history so that both would have intimate knowledge of Phoenician Stone products.

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Phoenician Stone products include:

  • Turnkey wine cellars, bathrooms and kitchen stone creations
  • Tuscan farmhouse and villa-style cladding
  • Ancient limestone flooring from various eras
  • Reclaimed limestone fireplace mantels - some over 600 years old!
  • Antique stone entryways from the 16th century
  • Interior ceiling stones
  • Kitchen backsplashes
  • Inlaid shower floors
  • Patio fountains
Clients include collectors of rare objects. Ron talks about a client in Monte Cedro whose entire estate was adorned with a limestone floor called biblical stone that dates back to circa 1192 A.D.

Phoenician Stone sells and installs products in five continents. Their various carving studios employ over 200 artists and carvers. Business is booming in both their Orange County and Los Angeles stores.

Since opening the Corona Del Mar store 4 years ago, the Sage brothers have noticed a dramatic change in local interest.

Phoenician Stone doesn't sell the stone per se, they sell the history and the culture behind it, which imbue their clients' environments with humanity and spirituality.

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Wine Cellars Design is the latest endeavor created by Phoenician Stone. Our family business is named after our cultural & ancestral homeland of Cyprus & Lebanon where the Phoenicians thrived. As the first marine merchants & sailors of the ancient world, they colonized the Mediterranean 4,000 years ago.

Their trading posts spanned from Britain to Central Africa. Some Scholars believe that the Phoenicians might have even reached as far as the Americas after Native American pottery fragments in Fairfax, Virginia were found to be of a possible Punic & Phoenician origin.

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Corona Del Mar Showroom: 3034 E. Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 • (949) 759-6944 directions

Los Angeles Showroom: 967 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90069 • (310) 358-5545 directions

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