Pair of Neoclassical Rock Crystal Obelisks. Pair of hand-cut rock crystal obelisks on square plinth bases. Handmade in Brazil.
Since antiquity, varieties of quartz have been the most commonly used minerals in the making of j
ewelry and hardstone carvings, especially in Eurasia.
The first obelisks were built by the ancient Egyptians, these early obelisks were carved from stone and placed in pairs at the entrance of temples as sacred objects. During the Roman Empire, the Romans became so enamored by the Egyptian obelisks that they transported many of them to Rome. Now there are more Egyptian obelisks in Rome than in Egypt. Over the centuries, as the fascination with Egypt became more widespread, dozens of obelisks were moved to cities around the globe, including Florence, Paris, London and even here in New York.