Travertine

Travertine stone is soft and delicate to look at. It breathes spaciousness. It’s relaxed and soothing. The feeling is peaceful, tranquil, serene. It’s a simple beauty. A casual formalness. The classic aged look of tumbled stone will warm your home. A polished or honed travertine becomes a bit more formal but yet, it’s still inviting. The soft earthy hues of this natural stone truly keep it in tune with nature.

Travertine stone is a form of limestone. It often forms near hot bubbly mineral rich springs. Gas bubbles become trapped and create a pitted surface on the stone. These pitted surfaces can be filled with an epoxy or dust resin. Filling the small holes and pits gives the travertine a more finished look. A refined beauty. The stone surface can also be left in its natural state with the small holes and pits unfilled. This is a warmer aged look which will acquire a beautiful patina over time. Leaving the stone unfilled will affect thedurability. It will attract dirt much easier than a filled travertine.

This is a calcareous stone. It is highly reactive to the acids found in lemons, vinegar, alcohol, etc. These acids will etch the stone by leaving marks and rings. Similar to limestone, travertine also varies in hardness, density, and porosity. Some travertine stones are harder than others. Although the hardness varies, it will still scratch. It’s not as soft as soapstone but it can’t compete with the hardness of granite.

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Limestone

Mystique and romance. A very soft, sensuous, and elegant natural stone. Yet, neutral and versatile. It combines subtleness and sophistication. It’s consistent in color adding warmth to the modern and contemporary home. A flamed surface finish has a rustic feel. When honed or polished, the look becomes more refined. Tumbled limestone has an aged and antique feel. It feels lived in and comfortable. Over time this stone develops a patina creating an old world charm.

Limestone is layered and formed from the skeletons and shells of sea creatures that lived in warm seas millions of years ago. It will often contain seashells and fossils embedded in the surface. It is a unique natural stone and at times, contains visible mysteries of our past within. If limestone recrystallizes or “changes its structure”, it turns into Marble.

Limestone is a calcareous stone which is highly reactive to acidic substances such as vinegar, wine, lemons, etc. The stone will react negatively to these acids by etching or dulling and showing rings.

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Onyx

This exotic natural stone is about luxury and glamor. The “transmitter of light”. An exquisite and unique stone which is expensive. It’s a form of marble which is millions of years old. Onyx has been used for centuries to adorn places of worship and ward off evil spirits. Some say it provides comfort, relieves stress, and calms the heart.

The translucent beauty of this stone is a real head turner. Onyx marble is often found in limestone caves. Water dissolves the existing limestone and redeposits it. It is quartz crystals fused together into translucent layers of stone. This stone is also used as a mineral gem. Onyx is a calcareous stone and prone to etching from the acids found in things such as ketchup, lemons, alcohol, and household cleaners. Great care is needed to maintain the natural beauty of this stone.

Similar to limestone, onyx is a softer stone best placed where it won’t be used or abused on a day to day basis. Onyx marble is most often used as vanity tops, fireplace surrounds, bar tops, walls or small islands because it transmits light. Other uses include wall cladding, light duty residential floors, sinks, and tables. Onyx can also be used for novelty items such as vases, urns, lamps, wine goblets, sinks and bowls.

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Soapstone

It’s smooth, slippery, and silky. This stone is a traditional and old fashioned natural stone. The look is warm and inviting. Charming, rustic, and rich looking yet versatile enough to fit comfortably within a modern home. It has been used for centuries in our homes. It’s also the counter top of choice in our science labs. This is a simple and subtle stone which conveys grounding and harmony. It truly emits old world charm.

The colors of soapstone are rich and beautiful. They convey calmness. From ash gray to smoky blue-grays to a rich charcoal black. Some stones have flecks of greenand blue and contrasting veins twisting throughout the stone. Soapstone is a siliceous natural stone which consists mainly of talc and chlorite. There are actually two types of soapstone. The artistic soapstone which is used for carvings and sculptures contains a higher talc content.

The other type of soapstone, also known as steatite, is used for architectural purposes. It is used for counter tops, sinks, and vanities, just to name a few. Architectural soapstone contains a lesser amount of talc. The more talc the stone contains, the softer the stone is.

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