The best alabaster lamps create a uniquely soft, translucent glow for lighting purposes. Using alabaster in home decorating showcases truly fine taste in home furnishings.
Alabaster has been the chosen material for centuries to highlight one’s exemplary taste in decorating and to showcase a fondness for alabaster’s extraordinary beauty. Since medieval times, alabaster was used to create opulent and incredibly beautiful, useful, and artistic items. Everything from exquisite letter openers to bookends, to early doll heads and limbs, chess pieces and even jewelry featured intriguingly colored translucent, or pure white alabaster.
In medieval times, alabaster was used to form religious statues and articles. Larger pieces were used as premium, ornamental stone. Once objects and sculptures were created, they were often gilded with special decorative gilding paint and polished. Often, pieces featuring elegant alabaster were found in places of worship and railings used in staircases and hallways. Alabaster lamps featured in fine homes today show a completely different and beautifully decorative, modern use for alabaster.
Today, the center of the alabaster trade is found in Florence, Italy. Alabaster naturally features such qualities as translucency and a fine, buffed look of satin luster. Sometimes to change the translucent look of alabaster, a brand new look is created by gently immersing it in water, then the alabaster is heated slowly and to an exact temperature. This often gives alabaster the look of a beautiful semi-translucent marble called Marmo di Castellino.
Differences in the way alabaster are gently heated creates the sophisticated look of a denser and more elegant, pure white appearance. This is the type of alabaster often featured in today’s decorative alabaster lamps. Alabaster comes from either a white or tinted fine grain of gypsum, or it can also be formed from a type of calcite. It can either be left in its pure white state or sometimes it’s also gilded and banded to create a new, enhanced and more decorative look.
Alabaster is often used in decorating exquisite estates and beautiful homes and is found in things like finials, knobs, and bookends. Sometimes, it has even been used to create sculptural busts. The similarities of beautiful alabaster to fine granite become more apparent when alabaster helps to form an inlay for fine furniture or when used in ornamental and decorative ways to create fine home accent pieces. The best alabaster lamps create a uniquely soft, translucent glow for lighting purposes. Using alabaster in home decorating showcases truly fine taste in home furnishings.
Using luxurious alabaster in home decorating creates a refined look. It is a look that expresses affection for the special accouterments found in elegant home decor. Depending on the type of lampshade used on alabaster and marble lamps, a room’s look can go from elegant to vintage in moments. When decorating with alabaster, there is a lot of room for personalized creative expression.