Stones

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Granite:

  • Granite is formed by magma deep in the earth’s crust
  • Also can be metamorphic in nature
  • Meaning the magmatic rock can be formed into granite by intense pressure
  • Very fine crystals of different colors are featured in the rocks surface
  • Slabs usually consist of many different colors, movement, and character
  • Granite generally comes in large slabs because of its durability and strength

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Marble:

  • Tends to be one or two colors
  • Very quiet and subtle in nature
  • Marble is a more homogenous and compact rock
  • Can be both metamorphic and sedimentary
  • Always contains calcite
  • Slight veining with a soft appearance
  • Marble is a lot softer and less durable than granite so it generally has a less glossier look than granite because it can’t be as extensively polished

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Quartzite:

  • Main mineral is quartz
  • Throughout the stone you can see constant patterns of quartz crystals
  • Designs tend to be softer and subtle in nature with plenty of movement and different colors
  • Similar to marble but its non porous and requires less maintenance
  • Metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone
  • Through a process of high heating and pressurization, the sandstone transforms into quartzite
  • Very durable rock, shares similarities to granite in this category

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Limestone:

  • Sedimentary stone
  • You can find organic remains in the stone, such as Shells

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Slate/Blue stone:

  • Various Layers
  • Honed Finish
  • Great for flooring, inside and out. Its honed surface provides a slip resistant quality

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Travertine:

  • Soft, Porous
  • Many cavities (Spongy). This particular product is patched with epoxy before polishing

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Onyx:

  • Plenty of colors
  • Intense and untamed patterns
  • The stone is translucent
  • You can put a light underneath the stone and it will emit a nice glow from the aerial view
  • The stone is usually used for decorative purposes

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