Alabaster is a fine-grained massive form of gypsum. Alabaster ranges from white to yellow, pink, and brown. Due to its porosity it is often dyed. It has been used for centuries for statues, carvings, and other ornamental purposes. Treated alabaster is used as a marble simulant. Due to its extreme softness, it is ideal for fashioning into works of art.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: Inert to weak brownish to greenish white
Countries of Origin
Ecuador; Russian Federation; Japan; United States of America; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Switzerland; Spain; Austria; Poland; Italy; Slovakia; France; Peru; Germany
Due to its soft nature alabaster needs to be kept away from harder materials that will damage its surface. Alabaster will turn cloudy if exposed to heat.