Tealight holder Selenite "Kaskade", whiteOrder number: 57.871
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1er tealight holder made of selenite "cascade", white.
The name selenite (Marienglas) comes from the Swedish chemist and mineralogist Johan Gottschalk Wallerius. The word is derived from the Greek moon goddess Selene.
It is believed that Wallerius was inspired by this name by the pale blue reflection of the mineral - similar to the moonlight.
The mineral was already known to the Romans, who called it lapis specularis ("mirror stone" or loosely translated "transparent stone"). It was used by them to make windows.
Glass was already known at the time, but the quality, flatness and transparency were not so good that window panes could be made from it.
The Roman historian Pliny the Elder (23-79) described in his encyclopedia Naturalis historia the mining and processing of lapis specularis to window panes and lamps.
The crystal grotto in the Marienglashöhle near Friedrichroda in the Thuringian Forest is famous for its Marienglas.
Size: approx. 2,76 x 3,15 inch (7 x 8 cm)
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