Types of Stone
We do our best to purchase the
same color range of slabs from our vendors. However, variation
Marble is made up of mostly calcium carbonates and other
minerals. The combination of immense heat and pressure
made in the earth makes marble over thousands of years.
The calcium carbonates and other minerals make up the large
variety of color ranges you will see. Color, fissures and
veining are all a result of the natural process and make
up of marble. Marble is quarried around the world in many
countries, even the USA.
This sedimentary stone has been formed from layers of creatures
millions of years ago. Limestone is one of the most versatile
of the stones. The texture, color and density can change
from block to block from the quarry. The range in color
tone is from off white to dark tan and gold. Some limestones
are dense enough to polish.
Millions of years ago heat gases and water created the best
of both worlds, a dense stone with voids and fissures that
may be polished and is now called travertine. Travertine
is rustic and has color variations. Color range is from
light creams to deep reds.
Slate, rock formed with fine grains of sedimentary rock.
Shale metamorphous by great pressure creates broad cleaved,
thin layers in different directions. The sedimentary rock
forms from the compression crumples and creates many layers.
Flaky minerals cause sedimentary rock as clay, mica and
chlorite to be redistributed. Slate has different grades
in hardness and the ability to shale. Colors are tan to
gray-blue. Slate is mined in the United States, the United
Kingdom and other countries around the world.
Rock formed by grains of sand cementing together. Most sandstone
is made up of silica, iron oxides and calcium carbonate.
The character of the sandstone varies in hardness depending
on the cementing materials; sandstones that cement with
quartz are the hardest. Some sandstone’s contain
fossil shells, iron oxides and feldspars. Most sandstone
has some movement in color shades and unique variation.