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All about Oil Lamps


Oil lanterns have been used for centuries as a source of light. The earliest known oil lamps date back to ancient Egypt and were made from clay or stone and used animal fat or vegetable oil as fuel. These lamps were primarily used for religious ceremonies and in tombs.

Ancient oil lamp
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ancient oil lamp -  In ancient Rome, oil lamps were made from glass or metal and were used for both practical and decorative purposes. These lamps were fueled by olive oil and were used in homes, public spaces, and on ships.
 In the Middle Ages, oil lamps became more widespread as a source of light in homes and were made from a variety of materials including metal, glass, and pottery. They were fueled by various types of oil including animal fat, olive oil, and whale oil.


Old oil lamp -
During the 18th century, the invention of the Argand lamp revolutionized oil lamp design. This lamp featured a glass chimney that increased the efficiency of the flame and made the lamp brighter. This design was widely used in homes and businesses throughout the 19th century.

Of course, by the 20th century the invention of the electric light and its evolution has led to the decline of oil lanterns as a primary source of light. 

In modern times, oil lamps are still used as charming pieces of home decor, often being used as centerpieces on dining tables, mantles or side tables. They are used as accent lighting in rooms with low lighting, adding a warm and inviting atmosphere. They also can be found in modern decorating schemes, contrasting their charm with sleek, contemporary furniture and accessories. Oil lamps can add a unique touch to any decor style and are a great way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in any room.

Roccia Roba proudly handmakes oil lamps made from high-quality crystals and fossils that we curate from sources around the world.

These one-of-a-kind Rock Candles are crafted with a glass reservoir permanently affixed to the underside of the rock to hold the oil.

We also take care to seal all surfaces of the rock to help prevent oil from seeping into the rock or from staining the surface.

The wicks are made of fiberglass – they do not burn and never need to be replaced!  We actually spend the time to seal the base of the wicks so they do not fray which makes it much easier to put them back in the lamp after it is filled with oil.

 Click here to be taken to our Rock Candles section of our shop to see what we have available today!

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