Ancient Alabaster

Thursday, February 26, 2009 | Category: Lighting

I spotted this lamp below on the PB website…loves loves loves!

Actually I love alabaster in any shape or form. But what the heck is alabaster exactly?

In comes Wikipedia… it’s a “name applied to varieties of two distinct minerals: gypsum (a hydrous sulfate of calcium) and calcite (a carbonate of calcium). The former is the alabaster of the present day; the latter is generally the alabaster of the ancients.”

Alabaster goes wayyy back- it has been used for centuries in carving and statues. Just look around in any museum- you are bound to find some alabaster objects.

White is the color normally associated with alabaster; however, the mineral can be found in other colors such as pale brown or reddish, or even just veined with color. Somewhat translucent, soft, easy to work with, and readily available, alabaster makes for a beautiful lamp.

Some of my alabaster faves…

Raymon Goins Fine Furniture- Mayfair Lamp

Visual Comfort- Balustrade Lamp (was in Charlotte’s apartment in the Sex and the City Movie- thanks for the tidbit Paloma!)

1st Dibs- Italian Alabaster Lamps

William Sonoma Home- Madison Lamp

Frederick Cooper- White Alabaster Gu Form Table Lamp

Martha Stewart Alabaster Table Lamp

Restoration Hardware- Empire Egg Lamps

Alabaster is a nice alternative to crystal lamps, if you want something a little more low key but still nice, light and very elegant!

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