Move over, Himalayan salt lamps. There's a new trend in town. Himalayan salt lamps, known for their orange glow and dubious air-cleansing properties, have had their time to in the spotlight, but it looks like these accent pieces are about to be dethroned by the latest addition to the well-decor scene: selenite lamps. Bonus: These new crystal-based mood boosters are already one step ahead in the looks department.
The Scoop on Selenite Lamps
Selenite lamps are made out of a naturally semi-translucent form of gypsum. The lamps themselves are typically a hollowed-out section of selenite in its natural, obelisk-like form, making each lamp (which gives off a soft white glow) completely unique. Basically, each lamp looks like a miniature ice tower in the best possible way—aka the prettiest nightlight you've ever owned—and comes with its own light bulb, power cord and switch.
But Why Selenite?
It's beautiful, for one thing. But aesthetics aside, some people in the holistic community believe that selenite has its own laundry list of in-home benefits, including the ability to stabilize emotions, reverse the effects of free radicals, and according to crystal expert Heather Askinosie, lighten the mood and energy of your home. But the Energy Muse co-founder acknowledges the visual appeal of selenite, too. "Selenite is an ideal crystal for the home because it's white," she says. "Put it anywhere in your place that you'd like to infuse with bright, soothing, uplifting energy." We're picturing it as a lamp replacement on your nightstand, or the addition to that carefully curated bookshelf you didn't know you needed.
Selenite Lamps vs. Himalayan Salt Lamps
Himalayan salt lamps, the original home decor darling of the rock-inspired lamp world, put off light ranging from orange to pink in color, and come with a list of potential benefits that (just like the holistic perks of selenite) should be taken with a grain of, well, salt. While their unique hue makes them great for cancelling out all the blue light that's probably ruining your sleep, it's also a lot harder to fit into a home decor scheme. And if you're less interested in the specific benefits of a given lamp and more in tune with the way it looks on your shelf, you're definitely going to want to consider selenite instead.
How to Get Your Hands on One
Whether you're in this for the improved styling situation, or curious about the potential healing properties of selenite lamps, there are a few simple ways to add one to your home. First, Amazon, Urban Outfitters, and Etsy have some good options in the medium-sized category, while this $135 selenite lamp from Houzz is basically impossible to miss (it measures up to 14 inches tall and weighs about 10 pounds). But let's be real—if this particular lamp trend blows up the way Himalayan salt lamps have, it won't be long before you can find one in every health food store in town. Happy styling!