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A Precious Little Snowflake
You would swear that this icy blue-and-white Snowflake cover is really frozen, but of course it's stained glass. Switchables night light covers with catalog numbers beginning with "SW" use the traditional metal frame construction. ("SF" covers use the newer fused glass process.)
Switchables stained glass nightlight covers are designed to be used interchangeably with the basic Switchables fixture (see the Related Products tab). This cover is not a self-contained night light, although you could use it as a sun catcher, an ornament, or with any other light source. The Switchables concept means that you can buy one simple, inexpensive fixture and change the cover for any whim, season, or holiday. Switchables simplify gift-giving: Give your recipient a fixture and one cover, and then buy them a new cover for every future occasion. You can review your purchase history if you create a (free) Curio City account when you check out.
Are you curious...?
Are all snowflakes truly one-of-a-kind? Well, yes and no. Every snowflake begins as a tiny ice crystal in one of 35 possible shapes -- at this point, all of them are exactly like others of their type. Then water vapor starts to condense on its surface. The growing crystal quickly develops facets that turn it into a hexagon. As it keeps growing, branches sprout from the hexagon's points, and this is where their individuality starts. While this is going on the budding snowflake is blown to and fro, experiencing variations in temperature, humidity, and physical stress. They usually remain symmetrical because atmospheric conditions don't vary from one side of the snowflake to the other, but irregular flakes are possible. They gain endless variety as their complexity grows.
So if you could examine every snowflake that has ever fallen, would you find any exact duplicates? It depends. Physics gives us confidence that all embryonic snowflakes are exactly alike...small snow crystals (the hexagons) all look alike without actually being identical at the molecular level...and large, complex snowflakes like the one depicted by our Switchables cover probably are all unique -- they contain so many variables that can be combined so many ways that the number of potential shapes is far greater than all the snowflakes that have ever fallen. Think about that the next time you're out shoveling.