Left: Brauns, Reinhard Anton (1912) | Drawings, Crystal drawing
Right: Alexandre Isidore Leroy de Barde (1810) | Crystallized minerals, Louvre museum
The jewels of the Mineralogy line are inspired by the fascinating world of stones through mineral collections.
Why? Here are some explanations...
CRYSTALS, FROM A FASCINATION TO A SCIENCE...
First of all, crystal designates a form, not a material.
Crystals are striking for their incredible geometric perfection, and one is spontaneously surprised that nature can order things in such a way as to obtain structures whose rigour and complexity are sometimes so perfect that they seem to be artificially created.
Thus, humans have long admired this natural curiosity that is crystallization, from the surreal snow crystals to the perfect cubes of pyrites... without being able to explain how it was formed.
Then, from the mineralogical collections of the cabinets of curiosities, observation and reflection will gradually begin to glimpse the physical and geometrical laws that govern the constitution of crystals.
In the 18th century, the science of crystallography was born, with decisive advances in the understanding of the phenomenon.
rock crystal on brass base on arteslonga.com
A SPECIAL CRYSTAL
In this way, the minerals are formed into crystals.
Among all these crystals, the most representative and most symbolic are certainly those in the form of a pointed hexagonal prism, generally transparent, according to which a particular mineral is generally formed: quartz. It is this particular quartz crystal that is represented on the jewellery called "crystal".
AMBIGUITY BETWEEN FORM AND MATTER
Quartz is commonly called rock crystal when it is transparent and colourless. There has always been an ambiguity in the terms used to define the shape of quartz. crystal and matter quartz.
The very origin of the word quartz, could come from a Germanic mining term, itself borrowed from the Slavic; but in antiquity, the Greeks would have used the word kristallos to designate it, and in Latin, the word crystallus was used to define ice, rock crystal and a crystal object.
From then on, when humans discovered how to create a particularly pure glass, they called it crystal, by analogy with rock crystal. Thus, the art of crystal making was born.
A MAGIC CRYSTAL?
From antiquity, where it was conferred a divine origin, it is still, in its colourless, pure and transparent form, particularly appreciated by the followers of esotericism, who attribute metaphysical virtues to it. Some crystals are even pointed on both sides, which is a must! They are called twinned, bi-termined or bi-pyramid crystals.
However, while the esoteric or lithoterapethic properties of quartz crystal are debatable, its aesthetic properties are indisputable; crystals can be found as smoke-filled (smoky quartz), or colored an intense purple (amethyst), yellow (citrine), green (prasiolite) ... some may also contain inclusions, for example rutile or dendrite, incredibly graphic.
Some examples of quartz inclusions on quartz-inclusions.com
But apart from its characteristic shape, it is this purity of rock crystal that gave it a magical connotation for a long time (and still does!) in our cultures; thus the famous crystal ball, originally created for therapeutic and scientific purposes, made of real rock crystal, was diverted for divinatory purposes with the appearance of crystallomania.
And let's not forget the crystal skulls...
But that's another story 😉
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