Other Natural Stone

Onyx is often confused with marble, yet it is a significantly different rock type. Onyx is a sedimentary rock, formed as stalactites and stalagmites in cave interiors. This formation method results in the cryptocrystalline construction of the rock fabric, and it is the size and uniformity of these crystals that contribute to the classic translucent property of most onyx varieties. While vulnerable to chemical and abrasive attack, the decorative appeal of onyx is perhaps unsurpassed by any other material.


Gray Soapstone

Slate and Soapstone
A traditional use of both these materials was the laboratory table top in chemistry labs. That application alone should serve as a great testimonial to the chemical resistance of the materials.

Being of the softer varieties of dimension stone types, neither of these materials is known for particularly high abrasion or scratch resistance, yet they are both used a flooring and countertop products.

 Soapstone is composed largely of talc, which gives it the soapy feel, as well as chlorite, dolomite and magnetite. It is very dense and inert to acids and alkalis, making it a good countertop surface.

 Travertine, Limestone, and Dolomitic Limestone
Limestone deposits exist in all continents of the earth. Despite the common and traditional reference to "travertine marble", travertine is really a type of limestone. It is actually the terrestrial (land) formed version of limestone, as opposed to the marine based formations of many other limestone varieties. 

Featuring their soft earth tones, decorators integrating these stones into their design have great flexibility in selecting complimentary colors for other interior elements.

Granite Warehouse

Jura Gray Limestone

Desert Sand - Travertine

Source: Marble Institute of America - http://www.marble-institute.com/



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