18th century Italian sliver leaf and mecca cross adorned with gold and silver plated crystal points and mica with tourmaline mounted on a mica and tourmaline in calcite matrix base. The crucifix originally came from a church in Tuscany. The gold and silver plated crystal points replicate the original sunrays or halo around the cross.
The piece is mounted on a mica and tourmaline cluster that is in a matrix of calcite. The mica mineral group includes 34 phyllosilicate minerals, all with a layered, platy texture. It has been known for millennia. "Mica” is originally a Latin word meaning “crumb" for it's flaky appearance. It holds a shimmery appearance that can reflect light - like nature's disco ball. This particular piece is a mica cluster in its matrix form.
The Italian cross is persevered and transformed into a figurative work of old and new with the precious minerals - interpreting the past to create a piece entirely original, evolving in its own right.
Size: 37" high x 17.5" wide x 6" deep