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What Is a Beveled Edge Mirror?

Updated April 17, 2017

Unlike a regular mirror, a bevelled edge mirror has slanted edges, which add an aesthetic element to the mirror. Bevelled mirrors are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. This type of mirror is sold at any store home furnishing store and can range from inexpensive to high-priced.

History

The most famous bevelled edge mirrors came from France during the late seventeenth century, when King Louis XIV commissioned his famous Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in 1678. At this time, mirrors were incredibly expensive to produce and were, therefore, a clear display of wealth for the king of France. The Hall of Mirrors contains hundreds of floor-to-ceiling Venetian-produced bevelled edge mirrors.

Process

A bevelled edge on a mirror serves as a decorative element and can visually enhance an unembellished mirror. On a frameless mirror, a bevelled edge is added by using a sharpened stone to grind away the edge. It is important for the newly-cut edge to be less than 90 degrees.

Function

Bevelled edges on a mirror cause light to be refracted more so than on non-bevelled edges. This means that when light hits the bevelled edge, it bends and produces a prism.

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About the Author

Natalie Chardonnet began writing in 2006, specializing in art, history, museums and travel. In 2010, she presented a paper on those subjects at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Chardonnet has a Bachelor of Arts in art history and a minor in Italian studies from Truman State University, in addition to a certificate in French from Ifalpes University in Chambery, France.