the Celestine convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Celestine convex mirror was inspired by the beautiful Tiffany blue celestite crystals I found in Tucson. I matched 16 obelisks for this mirror. The gold metal leafed frame is embellished with a mosaic of pale sky blue Venetian glass rods.

The Celestine convex mirror is about 17.75 inches in diameter. It is being shipped to my New York venue, KRB. For more information call (212) 288-2221 for more information.

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A big raw chunk of Celestite, or Celestine

Celestite, also known as Celestine, is a mineral that forms blue crystals. Celestite is often associated with divine power and is thought to increase understanding, higher consciousness, as well as mindfulness when used in meditation and prayer. 

Celestite is a mineral composed of strontium sulfate (SrSO4). Its name is derived from Latin word Caelestis, meaning “celestial”, which was inspired by the crystals’ well-known shades of sky blue. This mineral can occur in geodes as crystals. Celestite can also occur as fibers in sedimentary rock: river, streams, and ocean beds. The crystals are also often found growing alongside Gypsum, Anhydrite and Halite.

Celestite is found worldwide in small quantities. The pale blue specimens that the name is derived from are found in Madagascar and Sicily, Italy. It can also occur as colorless, white, pale blue, pink, pale green, pale brown, and black. Orange specimens have been found in Ontario, Canada. Other interesting names for the mineral include Coelestine, Eschwegite (of Lévy), Sicilianite. 

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Of course my research into the mineral celestite threw me into a rabbit hold of history and references. Little did I know that Celestina is a masterpiece of Spanish writing. The Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea, known in Spain as La Celestina is a work entirely in dialogue published in 1499. It is attributed to Fernando de Rojas, a descendant of converted Jews, who practiced law in Toledo.

The book is considered to be one of the greatest works of all Spanish literature, even the single topic of a Spanish literary journal, Celestinesca. La Celestina is usually regarded as marking the end of the medieval period and the beginning of the renaissance in Spanish literature. Although usually regarded as a novel, it is written as a continuous series of dialogues and can be taken as a play, having been staged as such and filmed.

The story tells of a bachelor, Calisto, who uses the old procuress and bawd Celestina to start an affair with Melibea, an unmarried girl kept in seclusion by her parents. Though the two use the rhetoric of courtly love, sex — not marriage — is their aim. When he dies in an accident, she commits suicide. The name Celestina has become synonymous with “procuress” in Spanish, especially an older woman used to further an illicit affair, and is a literary archetype of this character.