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Alabaster is the Queen of Stones and has been loved for thousands of years across the globe by many cultures.
Alabaster is the gemstone which honors the 37th wedding anniversary.
Alabaster is a magical substance. It is magic in its continuous and unpredictable changeability, in the fragility which makes it as delicate as glass, in the slow leisurely way it absorbs water, in its appearance which is like glass, like stone, like salt and like a jewel, and even more in the way it can be created, grow and age just like a living thing.

As a raw material, it is a crystalline rock (hydrated calcium sulphate) with a translucent whitish colour, a density of 2,350 kg/m3 and a hardness of 2.3-2.5 degrees on the Mhos scale. 

It occurs in nature in the form of shapeless, irregular blocks at a variable depth and mixed with clay, marls and other materials that protect the alabaster from external agents.

The main reserves of alabaster are found in Spain along the banks of the Ebro river and in Italy in the area around Pisa. Extraction is generally by open-cut mining using non-aggressive systems that protect the integrity of the material, its homogeneity and wholeness as well as its crystallinity and natural veining.

The products obtained from alabaster have undergone an extremely varied historical progress; initially the Egyptians, Greeks and also the Chinese used it for crafted products. It was then later in Spain for the sculpted
altar pieces in churches and monasteries. In the early 20th century, Art-Deco and Art-Nouveau designers used it for the first time to diffuse light in the design of decorative lamps, taking advantage of its transparency and natural veining.

In 1925, during the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris, a publication suggested "Alabaster" for producing lighting systems and stressed its suitability for the "1925 style".

The natural veining of alabaster makes each item unique, and combined with hand-crafted processing and its conceptual beauty, has made it ideal for use in interior decoration and illumination.

Alabaster can be used to make objects for the home - vases, bowls, animals, columns, little figures, boxes, lamps, light fixtures -but, in recent decades, lighting has been the true strong point. The warm relaxing light filtered by the alabaster creates special effects and this has revived the interest of the large furniture companies and interior design studios. Alabaster is a unique incomparable material which can be used to make original, smart, high-quality objects 

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