Paint companies such as Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore provide examples of their versions of alabaster on their websites. Another good example of the alabaster color is the translucent forms of the minerals gypsum or onyx marble. When statues, monuments and figurines are made from these minerals, it is called "alabaster."
Many ancient alabaster materials from Egypt and the Middle East are made of onyx marble. Most European alabaster materials from the medieval times are made from gypsum. Most examples of alabaster materials are often made of onyx marble, but some are made with gypsum or simulated alabaster such as plaster of Paris.