17th century Italian gold leaf fragment with calcite crystals in a rock matrix with gold leaf crystal quartz and mounted on a rock coral base.
This fragment was originally part of a candlestick from a church in Italy. The calcite crystal in matrix from Elmwood Mine, Tennessee. It is an example of the world's finest crystallized calcite. With the unusual formation of sphalerite and galena, it is unequaled by those from any other part of the world (referenced from the "American Mineral Treasure" book, pg. 337).
Together, the elements create a contemporary, yet historically significant work of organic and old.
Height: 12.5" high x 4" round