CHALCEDONY STALAGMITE

06236

Locality

Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, India

Dimensions (H x W x D)

17 x 36 x 21 cm

Weight

Description & Provenance

Chalcedony is a microcrystalline quartz named after the ancient Greek town of Chalcedon. It has been used in the Mediterranean as far back as the Bronze Age and is among the stones used in the adornment of the Palace of Knossos. Forming in numerous shapes and colors, agate, carnelian, aventurine, heliotrope, and onyx are all variations of chalcedony. Its beauty and diversity also made it a popular stone for use in jewelry, intricate intaglio art, and rings. Notably, chalcedony is an excellent material to use for sealing rings because wax does not stick to it. This is a cluster of white chalcedony stalagmites that formed over the course of innumerable years. They have a shimmering luster and subtle texture that gives them the look of freshly fallen snow or salt. With their varying heights, and without hard lines or angles, they have an almost organic look that gives them a likeness to a group of people.  Some say the piece is quite allegorical and reminds them of Lot’s wife who was famously turned to a pillar of salt. Regardless of one’s own interpretation, this attractive and highly interpretive specimen invites the eye to explore the mineral’s sparkling landscape.

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