Alabaster is a kind of white ore mineral, which is formed by chemical deposits in the form of stones. It is characterized by its bright white, its soft texture and its high hardness. Alabaster is an ancient Egyptian word meaning „bowl or vase“ of the god or gods „Bastet“.
When was alabaster used? And how was it used?
For thousands of years, it has been used in temples and houses of ancient Egyptian civilization. Alabaster vessels have been found in the treasures of King Tutankhamun. Before the appearance of marble, alabaster tools were formerly used only by the wealthy. It was ideally suited as an alternative to marble in the production of statues and other tools.
Are there other types or colors of alabaster?
Alabaster stone can be found in many places. An old alabaster variety is characterized by the transparency and the milky, white color and is known as „alabastrite“. Alabastrite occurs mainly in Egypt and is one of the most famous and ancient species. This milky-white alabaster is also found in the southern Pyrenees, which lie southwest of Europe and represent the natural border between France and Spain. In Taormina (Sicily) there is the alabaster to find in red yellow color. In contrast, pale yellow and transparent alabaster with white waves is located on the island of Gozo (near Malta). Other alabaster species exist in Asian habitat.
What is the difference between handmade alabaster products and other machine-made products?
Of course, there is a big difference between handmade and machine-made products. Handmade products are characterized by precision, taste and art. Alabaster artists are skilled and handle stones carefully. They only use their fingers and simple tools like radiator, ax, jacquard and chisel.
Alabaster construction is a craft industry that requires more effort than any other similar industry such as sculpture and ceramic making from an artist or sculptor. It is very cumbersome craft, because it requires a lot of care in the preparation and formation of stones.
Why alabaster products pay off!
There are many products and artworks that can give your home a distinctive touch. Give your dinner more romance with candlesticks made of alabaster or beautify your bedroom with the bedside lamps from Alabster. The fine strands, which cross the alabaster stone with soft, yellow light, provide more comfort and relaxation at any place after a hard day’s work. The lamps and candlesticks differ in shape, size and color. They are available in square, circular and other beautiful shapes. Each piece is unique in its shape and color. Use the products in your home or make a nice gift for your loved one, for example for Christmas or birthday.