the Elizabeth Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Arif

The Elizabethconvex mirror is made of a wood base that has been silver gilded.  The “spokes” of the frame are Fluorite points that are layered with green, blue, purple, gold and clear colors.

The concave part of the frame is covered with a micro mosaic of small shards of Venetian glass rods reflecting the colors in the Fluorite.

The Elizabeth mirror is around 13 inches in diameter and is going to be placed in one of my showrooms.

Jewelry for walls!

The “Rainbow Portrait” of Elizabeth I of England was painted by Marcus Gheeraerts around 1600 when the queen was past 60.  Needless to say, the portrait is an idealized vision of Elizabeth as a virgin goddess.  The inscription reads “There is no rainbow without the sun.”  You can guess who is the sun.

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Fluorite is a colorful mineral( calcium floride), both in visible and ultraviolet light, and the stone has ornamental and lapidary uses. Industrially, fluorite is used as a flux for smelting, and in the production of certain glasses and enamels.

The word fluorite is derived from the Latin verb fluere, meaning to flow. The mineral is used as a flux in iron smelting.

Fluorite is allochromatic, meaning that it can be tinted with elemental impurities. Fluorite comes in a wide range of colors and has consequently been dubbed “the most colorful mineral in the world”. Every color of the rainbow in various shades are represented by fluorite samples, along with white, black, and clear crystals. The most common colors are purple, blue, green, yellow, or colorless. Less common are pink, red, white, brown, and black.

Fluorite can be used by lapidary carvers for a myriad of objects.  It has been used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans.

A Roman Fluorite drinking cup( circa 50-100 BC).  Said to prevent drunkeness. Ha!Chinese incense burner, 19th century.


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