ALABASTER CLASSIC LIGHT FIXTURES
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
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