the Flamand convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Flamand convex mirror is composed of flourite spikes and beads. I used sardonix and gilded spheres to add contrast the the translucent flourite. A thin rim of Venetian glass finishes the edge of the mirror.

The Flamand convex mirror is about 17 inches in diameter. It is being shipped to one of my showrooms soon.

Jewelry for walls!

Flamand is the name of a character in Richard Strauss’ opera Capriccio. The character is a musician in love with a countess. His counterpart is a poet and they both vie for her hand. It comes down to a debate as to whether music or words are more important in opera. The end is sublimely unresolved.

A scene from Strauss’s “Capriccio” with Morten Frank Larsen as the Count, Renée Fleming as the Countess, Peter Rose as La Roche, Joseph Kaiser as Flamand and Russell Braun as Olivier. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera Taken at the Metropolitan Opera during the performance on April 19, 2011.

Flourite is one of my favorite minerals. The translucency and variety of colors makes it inspiring. As with many minerals there have been claims as to its spiritual/metaphysical properties. Personally, I think its a bunch of hooey! But here are some insights from the world of hooey:

Fluorite is a stone heralded for its spiritual detoxification abilities and tendency to transform negative energy into positive energy, boosting our mental clarity and promoting peace of mind. 

The origin of the word “fluorite” comes from the Latin word flux, which means to flow interchangeably. This word both refers to the way in which fluorite’s colors seem to shift and blend in the light, as well as the way it unblocks stagnant energy and promotes energetic flow. 

Depending on its color, fluorite can mean different things. The rainbow variety of shades that fluorite crystals possess influence the body and mind in a variety of ways.

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