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Marble is a true “classic” stone that has been used for centuries. With its large color pallet and fluid like movement marble is sure to catch your eye. Typically a highly polished stone some marbles are also available in honed finishes for those areas where you would like a less than formal look.
Marble is a perfect choice for fireplaces, vanities, bathroom walls and flooring, Marble has been valued for years for its rich palette of beautiful colors.
Although they do require a fair amount of maintenance, marble countertops can be a beautiful addition to any home if you are willing to take care of them. Marble has the reputation of being easy to stain. This is especially true for white marble, which has been known to stain easily even just from drops of water! However, there are ways to treat your marble in order to take the necessary precautions and preventative measures to help your marble look its best over its lifespan while minimizing the amount of maintenance required as a homeowner.
Marble Basic information
Marble is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock. Metamorphism causes variable recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. The resulting marble rock is typically composed of an interlocking mosaic of carbonate crystals. Primary sedimentary textures and structures of the original carbonate rock (protolith) have typically been modified or destroyed.
Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of a very pure (silicate-poor) limestone or dolomite protolith. The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone. Green coloration is often due to serpentine resulting from originally high magnesium limestone or dolostone with silica impurities. These various impurities have been mobilized and recrystallized by the intense pressure and heat of the metamorphism.