Marble is a non-foliated metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. Geologists use the term “marble” to refer to metamorphosed limestone; however, stonemasons use the term more broadly to encompass unmetamorphosed limestone. Marble is commonly used for sculpture and as a building material.
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.
Marble has been used for Centuries all across the globe for many different applications, many of the famous structures in the world (from Taj Mahal to the Statue of David by the famous artist Michelangelo) are made out of marble and these structures have stood the test of time and still look timeless and beautiful.
There are plenty of beautiful ways to use marble in the home – our love affair with this luxurious material shows no signs of waning.From vibrant colors to the classic white/gray carrara, there are many different types of marble – and let’s face it, pretty much all of them are stunningly beautiful and luxurious. From the traditional marble fireplaces found in Georgian homes, to the contemporary marble bathrooms so popular today, there are many amazing iterations of this trend.
The stunning effect of book matching is achieved when a block of veined marble is cut into slabs (similar to a loaf of bread being cut into slices) and the inside of the slabs are polished. The effect is simple stunning. We’re big fans of veined marble – the dark, dramatic versions are the best.
Marble is heat resistant so is ideal for kitchens. Marble is be porous (so liquids such as oil and lemon juice can stain & etch marble). Despite this Marble has has always been a highly sough after material for kitchen countetops, for centuries now
Marble has been used as a material in interiors for centuries. It’s resistance to heat has made it the choice for fire surrounds. From Elizabethan to Baroque and Regency to Victorian there are many different styles of marble fireplaces, but one thing is for sure, if you have a marble fire surround in your home consider yourself lucky. They are a thing of beauty.
KLZ Stone Supply, Inc. Offers one of the largest and finest of marble collection in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.