We always talk about how Mother Nature is the creator of natural stone countertops. Whether it be marble, granite, or quartzite – these materials come from the earth and are formed from different metamorphic processes.
So have you ever wondered where your countertops come from? We’re here to answer that question!
How it’s made
Granite is a light-colored igneous rock with large, visible and vibrant grains. By magma slowly cooling and crystalizing, granite countertops are composed of multiple different types of minerals, such as: quartz, feldspar, small amounts of mica, amphiboles and other minerals.
Marble countertops on the other hand, are formed when limestone has been exposed to incredibly high temperatures and pressures beneath the earth’s surface. The calcite forming the limestone recrystallizes forming a denser material. And similar to marble, Quartzite countertops are formed when quartz-rich sandstone has been exposed to the high temperatures and pressures, resulting in a denser rock.
Natural stone countertop materials can come from all over the globe. Here at Granite Liquidators we largely import our materials from Brazil, India and even Africa. But granite, marble or quartzite aren’t limited to these locations. Granite can also be mined in locations like Italy, Spain, and China.
Another interesting factor to note, is that depending on location the granite slab color will be completely different. This also explains some of the confusion that happens with reoccurring names for slabs.
Have you ever seen a slab of, let’s say, Bianco Antico that just doesn’t look like a Bianco Antico you’ve previously seen? More often than not a popular slab such as this can be found at numerous quarries and because color is determined by the minerals beneath the earth’s surface, depending on the location of the quarry the color of the slab can slightly alter. For example, we’ve seen Bianco Antico slabs that come from a southern Brazil quarry that look more cream than white than their northern quarry counterparts.
Natural stone countertops come from all over the world and these locations can actually vary the coloring patterns. This gives stone countertops the “snow-flake” effect, meaning that each slab you see won’t look like any other out there. Sure there can be similarities, but an identical match is something that is virtually impossible when it comes to stone countertops. So if you’re trying to stand out in the neighborhood and set your project apart, then granite, marble or quartzite countertops are the solution for you.