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the Alexei Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

 

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The Alexi convex mirror is composed of a small gilded frame with handmade spikes/rays of cast resin that are topped with grey quartz spheres detailed with gold.  The inner rim of the frame is studded with small grey and clear quartz spheres.

The “mirror” is actually a cabochon lens attached to a mirror.  The “mirror” has no reflection other than a convex upside-down distortion.  “The mirror with no reflection” has a certain poetic ring to it….

The frame is 11.5 inches in diameter and is currently in my studio pending being sent to one of my showrooms.

Jewelry for walls.

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The Alexei mirror is partly inspired the the spike, fringe or kokoshnik tiaras first introduced in Russia in the 19th century.  This design echoed the rays of the sun.

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Queen Alexandra of England

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Czarina Alexandra of Russia

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In 1888, the Prince and Princess of Wales – the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra – were celebrating their silver wedding anniversary.One of the most significant gifts was this kokoshnik tiara given the the Ladies of Society( 365 peeresses).  The tiara has 488 diamonds.

This tiara was passed down to future queens of England and is currently one of Elizabeth II most worn.