Alabaster

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Alabaster is a name used for gypsum and calcite but has also been used to indicate selenite. These minerals are easily worked due to their low hardness and have been used to craft all sort of things from since antiquity. Think of sculptures, household items and, of course, jewelry.

Gemological Properties

Gemological Information for Alabaster
Color Dark Brown, Light to Dark Green, Yellow & Black
Crystal Structure Monoclinic
Refractive Index 1.520 - 1.529
Durability Poor
Hardness 2 to 2.5
Similar Stones Calcite Marble
Treatments Dyeing, Heat in Preparation for Dyeing, Bleaching
Country of Origin U.S., Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, Mexico
Alabaster Care
Ultrasonic Cleaning Never
Steam Cleaning Never
Warm Soapy Water Safe, but no Abrasives
Chemical Attack Dissolves in Acid
Light Sensitivity Stable
Heat Sensitivity Dehydrates and Crumbles
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