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There are nearly 9,000 types of stone and probably three times as many names. Do not let names confuse you. Many importers will give a stone a different name. So, it’s not unusual for one stone to have several names. Over 50 percent of the marble and granite in the United States come from Italy. The Italian names are usually descriptive of the color and region where the stone was quarried. For example, Bianco Carrara is a white (bianco) stone from the Carrara region of Italy. You will also find that names may describe a feature of the stone. Breccia is a common Italian term used for stone that appears to have a broken appearance. Breccia stone is a marble that is formed in areas that experience earthquakes. The stone is broken as the result of the tremor and is re-cemented back together by natural forces. Breccia can be recognized by its broken, fragmented appearance.

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Here are some common Italian colors with the English translations. It is a good idea to memorize these names because many stones contain these terms:

Italian/English NamesExample
Rossa/Red Rossa Verona
Verde/Green Verde Alpi
Negro/Black Negro Marquina
Perlato/Pearl Perlato Royal
Azzurro/Blue Azul Bahia
Dorato or D'oro/Gold Dorato Valmaneno
Giallo/Yellow Giallo Siena
Fiore/Flower Trani Fiorito
Breccia/Broken Pieces Breccia Oniciata
Arabescato/Flower Design Arabescato Vagli

Article courtesy of StoneForensics.com



COMMENTS (8)



Dln1901872011-06-09 03:37:00

HELLO

Marble.com - Derek2011-06-10 12:22:00

Hi, how can I help you?

Dianemasi2012-10-05 20:06:00

Is there another name for Caramel Taupe granite?

Marble.com - Derek2012-10-08 14:26:00

We do not have this granite name in-stock and I am not familiar with this granite name. Do you have a picture of this stone that you can show me so we can try and match it up to something we have? It might be called a different name with us. An online search did not turn up any conclusive photos.

Imlateasusual2013-04-03 22:00:00

Is there another name for Classic Gold granite?

Marble.com – Adrian2013-04-09 16:34:00

Hi, unfortunately we don't have such a name of granite in our stock. Usually every fabricator has different names for the same color. Could you send me the picture of the granite that you are looking for ? Also please see our materials with gold granite, maybe you will find something similar: http://www.marble.com/materials/granite/gold .

Kenny gilbert2013-04-25 12:38:00

Is there another name for Crema perlato?

Marble.com - Adrian2013-04-25 17:29:00

Hi Kenny, in our stock I have found three Stones with Perlato name: First: http://www.marble.com/materials/marble/Pernice-Light#349 , Second: http://www.marble.com/materials/marble/Daino-Reale#508 , Third: http://www.marble.com/materials/marble/Daino-Reale#1347