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Marble stone is truly a timeless classic when it comes to building materials. Marble has been used since the beginning of time to construct some of the world’s most famous statues and historical structures such as the Taj Mahal, Lincoln Memorial, and Statue of David. In interior design, marble is most commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms. While there are numerous natural stone countertop materials that are beautiful, many homeowners simply feel that there is no comparable material like marble since it is available in numerous colors and styles. One of the main reasons homeowners love marble is for its natural design. Marble slabs have elegant veining making it easy to understand why it is desired by many.
What is Veining?
The veining in natural stone is the result of mineral impurities that create beautiful sought after designs. Marble veining is so desired that it's often impersonated by engineered countertop materials in an attempt to capture its natural beauty. Veins are the perfect design helping to contrast the base color of the stone this is a popular quality found in natural stone such as marble and granite.
Marble is usually a light-colored rock when it is formed from limestone with very few impurities. The marble that contains impurities that create veining such as clay minerals, iron oxides, or bituminous material can be bluish, gray, gold, beige, or black in color.
The Royal Combination
Nothing says pristine and wealth quite like gold and marble. Just look at historical buildings made for royalty like the Chateau de Versailles in France or the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. These buildings are made with marble and compliments to buy gorgeous gold veining and accents fit for a King. Although marble has been used for centuries in recent years it has become the most in-demand stone for the home. Currently one of the most on-trend color combinations is white and gold making marble even more desired than ever.
Marble with Natural Gold Veining
Calacatta Extra is a popular white marble with various sizes of rich grey with gold tint veining throughout. Calcutta marble is known for its thick bold veining. It is a great natural stone for master bathroom vanity tops and elegant fireplace surrounds. It can be used for various other surfaces as well.
One of the rarest and most highly sought after marbles in the world. Calcutta Oro exudes elegance and luxury. Calacatta Oro marble is defined by its thin gold and gray veining that provides endless design possibilities. From contemporary to classic it’s the perfect stone anywhere in the home.
Calacatta Gold Marble Tile is a treat for the eyes and one of the most coveted Italian stones. With its creamy white background that is infused with deep gray veining and the occasional ribbon of gold, it's a striking piece. If you are looking for a beautiful natural stone to complete your home remodeling project, Calacatta Gold marble can give you just what you are looking for.
Portoro Genuine Extra
Portoro Genuine Extra marble is one of the most highly rated marbles in our expansive collection. It is a sleek black marble with a unique structure of interconnecting golden and white veins consistently throughout. If you are looking for a black colored natural stone for your new countertop, backsplash, or various other surfaces, Portoro Genuine Extra marble is an outstanding choice.
What Type of Rock is Marble?
Marble is a metamorphic rock. Metamorphic rocks are rocks that have undergone a change in composition due to intense heat and pressure. Marble begins as limestone before being subject to the changing process, referred to as metamorphism.
How Does Marble Form?
Limestone contains a mineral called calcite. When this calcite recrystallizes, it transforms the limestone into marble. As mentioned above, this process involves high amounts of heat and pressure. Marble can also form from the recrystallization of dolomite.
Is Marble a Hard Stone?
Hardness is measured by the Mohs scale, which ranks minerals from 1 to 10 based on their hardness, 1 being extremely soft and 10 being the hardest you can get. Marble is ranked at a 4 on the scale, meaning that it is relatively soft, albeit not the softest material you can find.
Marble is a relatively high maintenance stone if you want to keep the stone looking as good as new. Marble is more porous than its biggest competitor granite, this is why marble countertops will require re-sealing more often. You will have to re-seal marble countertops a few times per year.
How does Mable Costs Compare?
$40 to $100+ per square foot
$35 to $75+ per square foot
$50 to $120+ per square foot
The price of installation often varies depending on the location, the difficulty of the installation, and the labor required . Slabs of marble will generally cost somewhere between $40 to $100 per square foot, based on a range of factors. Some of these factors include how rare the type of marble you choose is, how many special cutouts and angles you require and how much of the material you will need for your job.