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Semi-Precious Stone Countertops: Are They Worth the Cost?

Written by Amanda Kaiser on August 06, 2019
Edited By Tomasz Rydwelski, Last Updated On January 01, 2024
Reviewed By Samantha Peterson
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There are many natural stone countertop options that you can choose if you want to install something luxurious and stunning in your home. While you can opt to go with a stone like marble or quartzite, what better way to grab attention than to install a semi-precious stone countertop? 

Why Should You Choose a Semi-Precious Stone Countertop? 

Installing a semi-precious stone countertop will add a true touch of unmistakable luxury to your home. There are several options you have for selecting semi-precious stone countertops, which are explained in detail below. 

What Are Your Options for Semi-Precious Stone Countertops? 

Tiger Eye Gold 

The brown and gold tones of Tiger Eye Gold gemstone will fit in well with virtually any décor. 

Tiger Eye Blue 

The blue and beige tones of Tiger Eye Blue gemstone are simply amazing. 


This red and orange natural stone can truly brighten up any room you put it in. 

Natural Agate 

Natural Agate is a gemstone that can be found in many different colors, including white, black, blue, red and yellow, with some stones even featuring hints of green and brown. 

Blue Agate 

Blue Agate is a popular type of agate that is truly remarkable. 

Grey Agate 

Grey Agate is another popular type of agate. The stone has hints of blue and brown present. 

Petrified Wood 

This gorgeous countertop surface can bring an earthy feel to your home. 

How Are Semi-Precious Stone Countertops Made? 

Semi-precious stone countertops are created by combining natural semi-precious stones with resin to create a solid surface. The result is a surface that is a true display of natural beauty. 

Pros and Cons of Semi-Precious Stone Countertops 

Pros and Cons
Pros Cons

Natural Beauty

High cost



Environmentally friendly


Just like you will find with all other types of countertops, semi-precious stone countertops have pros and cons. These are explained below. 


Natural Beauty 

There is no mistaking the natural beauty that semi-precious stone will bring to your home. If you are looking for a style that is eye-catching, gemstone is the perfect choice for you. 


One of the major benefits of semi-precious stone countertops are the ability of the surface to be resistant to staining, heat, scratching and bacteria. 

Environmentally Friendly 

Since the natural stone produces minimal waste material, semi-precious stone countertops are one of the more environmentally friendly stone options that you have. 



High Cost

One of the only drawbacks to semi-precious stone countertops is the cost. The material typically starts somewhere around $100 per square foot. 

Regardless of which type you choose, there is certainly no mistaking a semi-precious stone countertop for any other material. If you are looking for a type of stone that is stunning, durable and environmentally friendly, gemstone will be a great choice for you.

National Average


(30 sq.ft. of moderate countertop with eased edge, undermount sink, and no backsplash)

Low: $2,000
Medium: $4,000
High: $6,000+

Cost to install kitchen countertops varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). Get free estimates from countertop installers in your city.

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