beautiful...but also inconsistant qualty
I purchased one of the Alabaster lamps featured on Overstock, and was so taken with it that I decided to try the candle holders. I recommend these, but.... My problem is that two of the four of these "Ramses" votives were of one size/quality, and the other two were of different size and quality. Two were larger, more polished, and featured matrix and variation that created a beautiful glow once lit by a tealight. The two smaller ones seem to have been made from an entirely different piece of alabaster -mostly a pale yellow, not as polished, and without any real matrix- also with a smaller, shorter baseat the bottom. Perhaps the lesser quality and smaller ones were made by a different craftsman altogether. Two of the four, however, are of the overall quality depicted in the photos. They are extremely beautiful when lit. I don't regret purchasing these (and am enjoying all 4 candle holders) but I do think Overstock needs to exert greater quality control regarding items made and sent from far-away countries. These did survive the journey and were well packed .( It was actually kind of fun to see they were wrapped with Middle Eastern newspaper! ) Overstock, by the way, never falters in its great customer support. Its not as hard to try something, knowing theyll take care of you if theres a problem.
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