Alabaster is defined as a variety of gypsium, which is a mineral consisting of hydrated calcium sulfate. There are many varieties to it that makes it differ in color and hardness. In general, alabaster is considered a relatively soft mineral that allows the carving of some varieties easy for sculpting and other artistic practices. However the same properties of alabaster also makes it vulnerable to outdoor elements, and is not recommended for outdoor use.
We can trace the first use of alabaster back to the Egyptian town of Alabastron, where alabaster has been quarried in ancient times as well as at the Mezopotamia region. The use of alabaster in lighting fixtures really picked up speed in the 1920’s, and to this day, alabaster lights have been popular every other decade in interior design. No matter what the design trends are, alabaster always makes a comeback. Besides short-lived design trends, there are many consumers and decorators that love the look of the warm glow alabaster lamps provide.
Stylistically, most alabaster light fixtures fall under transitional and traditional categories, featuring bold iron frame designs with ornate carvings in many models. In homes with Mediterranean décor, Alabaster chandeliers and lamps feel right at home. This is also the reason why so many Italian restaurants prefer alabaster in their lighting design. Alabaster and Mediterranean go synonymous in home décor.
Miami has a lot of Mediterranean influence in architecture, design and cuisine. Therefore, although contemporary design is what comes to mind first, Miami is also home to plenty of homes with Mediterranean flare. Because of this reason, all alabaster fixtures including chandeliers, table and floor lamps, sconces and other varieties sell quite well all year long in South Florida. We invite you to browse our large selection of alabaster lighting fixtures both online or at our large showroom right in the center of Miami