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Marble is a metamorphic limestone rock predominately consisting of fine to coarse grained, re-crystallized calcite and/or dolomite.

In its purest form, marble is crystalline white calcite. Calcite marble occurs in many colors from the trace-amount impurities such as organic matater, chlorite, epidote, and minor amounts of land-derived clays, silts, and sands or they may already be stained with the iron in them. Dolomite marble often is a tan or buff color due to the oxidation of a slight amount of iron released from the marble. The base colors of marble range from white to black.

Marble is significantly softer than granite and therefore subject to greater wear and weathering.

If you are interested in a patina appearance, this stone may be the stone you desire.

Commercially, any stone capable of taking a polish (with the exception of granite) is known as marble. This includes travertine, onyx, and limestone.

Because of its softer nature, Salvia Tile & Stone does not recommend the use of Marble for kitchen countertops.

Marble Finishes

Polished - The surface is a glossy and smooth. The high gloss finish is made possible because of the crystals found in natural stones. No waxes or chemicals are used to achieve this natural polished look. The polish is achieved by first grinding the stone with abrasives and ultimately finer grit polishing powders until the crystal facets on the surface are flat across.

Honed - The surface has little or no sheen and is smooth. Unlike polished stone, fine powder abrasives are not used to create this finish. Instead coarser abrasives smooth the surface yet leaving the surface with a matte, non polished finish. When choosing a honed finish, it is very important that you remember honed finish will require more daily maintenance than polished finishes. Metal marks, fingerprints and other signs of daily living will show on honed material. Most of these marks can be removed with some effort or by using a stone color enhancer. Please note that abrasive marks are generally noticeable on the surface of honed surfaces.

What you should know when selecting natural stone:

Natural stone is a product of nature and is subject to variations in color and markings. The same intense temperatures and pressures from the earth which create the beautiful veining in your selection may have also created fissures (slight fractures) in the stone. There may be variations in the thickness of your stone. There may be blotches and texture on the top polish of the slabs.

Samples in the showroom may differ in color or pattern of the actual material available for your selection. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you inspect and select your slab prior to fabricating.

The thickness of your selection will come in either two (2) centimeters (apprx 3/4 inch) or three (3) centimeters (apprx 1 inch). These sizes have become a term of art in our business much like a 2x4 is a term of art in the lumber business. Although the name suggests an exact measurement, the material varies in thickness and therefore, varies in size.