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Rock-crystal chandelier. Contemporary design, France. Rock-crystal from Brazil and gilded bronze. Diameter 18 in. (chain can be adjusted). History comes from far away, in a space where time seems to have stopped. A space still virgin, where nature has kept a pristine aspect, where the earth has held unknown treasures being in Brazil in our case, or Madagascar, a large island in the Indian Ocean. Rock crystal has always been a precious mineral through the ages; from Antiquity to the Renaissance, it was found in palaces and "cabinets de curiosité" sometimes in their natural state called "etat brut," or cut in pointed shapes without any other artifice. The vogue of rock crystal became in Renaissance times a favorite gem among rulers who took pride in showing their best pieces in "Kunstkammer" in Vienna, Austria, Dresden, Germany and Prague, Bohemia. There is no great collection without this precious mineral , sometimes decorated with gold, silver, enamel or simply engraved (Treasures of Venice San MarCo, Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, Medici Chapel in Florence and the collections of King Louis XIV kept at the Gallery d’Apollon in the Louvre Museum in Paris). Cool embers with sparkling moon effects, this precious mineral coming from the depths of the earth, has always been a fascination for man. Rock crystal is praised for its beauty, luminosity and transparence, sometimes opaque like a milky substance, depending on the origins of the minerals: It can be found in Madagascar Brazil or even the Alps, all different, in its transparency. His utilization in contemporary lighting, in our case, gives rock crystal its luminosity and contributes beautifully to a fine décor. One can say that rock crystal is shown at his best in a contemporary design.