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Alabaster

Historical Information

Alabaster is the common name for soft, smooth, fine-grained sedimentary gypsum rock. Generally white or delicately shaded and translucent, Alabaster of substantial thickness (1-2 inches) allows light to pass through it.

Alabaster is popular because it is soft and easy to work or carve. The use of Alabaster to create decorative objects and lamps with ornamental carving dates back to early civilization. A three foot vase with a relief from Warka, dating between 3500-3000 B.C., can be found in the British Museum. Fine Alabaster busts from Sumer, 3000 B.C., are now in the Louvre. Alabaster was worked by the Egyptians as well. An ornate Alabaster triple oil lamp in the form of three lotus flowers was found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun, (1356 B.C.). The sarcophagus of Seti I, (1304 B.C.) was made of Alabaster.

The use of Alabaster for decorative work is found through the history of Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria. The Romans made small ornamental objects and boxes while open work bas-reliefs was carved in India. From the 6th – 13th centuries, monasteries in Mediterranean countries, like Greece, France, Italy and Spain, used thin flat slabs of Alabaster as windowpanes because of its translucency. Sometimes Alabaster is tinted to accentuate the natural veining or to add color.

Brass Light Gallery’s Alabaster is quarried in Spain. We use the authentic stone for its unique qualities and natural characteristics. The translucency of Alabaster diffuses light softly and evenly, which is why they make marvelous light fixtures. We have several different shapes and sizes for wall sconces and pendant lighting. Many of our Alabaster bowls are intricately hand carved with classical motifs, alluding to the history within the stone for a modern use.

Deposits of Alabaster are found in many countries of the world such as England, Belgium, India, Turkey, Cyprus, United States of America, Italy and Spain. Quarried in open pits, veins of Alabaster are found 12-20 feet below the surface. The rocks are normally 16”-20” in height and 2-3 feet in diameter. Very rarely do they exceed this size.

Stones from the quarry are transported to a sawmill where the Alabaster is sawed into flat round “pancakes” of various sizes for later turning, hand-carving or more detailed sawing.

Alabaster is the astrological sign for Sagittarius.

Metaphysical Properties

Alabaster is mostly white in color, sometimes it will have just a “hint” of soft colors as well. It is a very soft stone, 2 on a scale of 1-10. It is easily carved into charms etc. But because the Alabaster is such a soft stone it can be used in different ways. It is a “drawing” stone meaning it has the ability to draw things to you or to draw things away from you, depending on what your needs are.

For myself, it works wonderfully for drawing things of the Spirit to me, the white color summons the spiritual. At times, early in my walk, I would use the Alabaster when I was searching for my spiritual path and would also use the Alabaster to draw certain “spiritual” things that had been given to me, that I came to find later were wrong, or at least wrong for me. Because the Alabaster is so soft, it does best with a sun cleansing and should not be used in making elixirs.

Alabaster can draw forgiveness, whether it be you that needs self forgiveness or the ability to forgive someone that has done you wrong. It also draws energy from other stones as well, meaning you can “soak” up the energy of one stone and have the properties of both stones with you while only carrying the Alabaster. It helps to draw anger out of a person and release it to the light.
Melody, author of Love is in the Earth, believes that Alabaster can unlock secrets of the pyramids when used during meditation, taking the mediator to the time when pyramids were being built.

Alabaster helps to create a calm and balanced environment, it can be placed under a baby’s cot to create a gentle and loving energy.  Place under your pillow if you have difficulty sleeping. You will find that your dreams are more vivid when Alabaster is near.

Healing Properties

Alabaster is a somewhat crumbly stone that can actually be used for chalk markings. It has absorption qualities that can help draw energies that you are lacking in your way.