“Cachoeiro do Itapemirim- ES” is a well known city in Brazil for its important industrial refinement of marble and granite. It is also considered the second biggest industrial area of ornamental stones in the world.
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Marble is a soft stone that is formed in the earth’s crust through the metamorphic process. It is classed as a non-foliated metamorphic rock as it is not layered like slate. It is formed mainly from limestone reacting to the extreme heat underground but not directional pressure. It mainly contains the minerals calcite and dolomite, however impurities in the original limestone recrystallise to form other minerals that create a variety of colours in the marble. White marble contains more calcite, yellow marble contains limonite, reddish marble contains hematite and green marble contains serpentine.
It also has a wide variety of vein like patterns, which add to its appeal. These veins are created when minerals in the stone liquefy due to the heat in the earth’s crust, then flow through the stone and solidify as the earth cools.
Marble is a popular stone commonly used for its strength and beauty and its ability to achieve a ‘mirror like’ finish when polished. It has been used for centuries as a building material and also to create sculptures, as it is soft but strong. It is a versatile material also used for floors, furniture, vanities, bathroom tiles and ornaments.
Although it is fairly resistant to erosion and fire, acidic liquids will etch the surface and grit will scratch it. It is not an ideal surface to use as a kitchen benchtop where spills and scratching are common. Its longevity will be determined by its treatment and maintenance. Sealing with a penetrating sealer is recommended, and will protect the surface from staining. Regular cleaning with recommended products will prolong the glossy look and feel of the marble.
Colours are usually white, red, black, green, yellow and various shades of these colours.
Onyx is a soft, fine-grained stone made from calcium layered under extreme heat and pressure. The layering occurs in limestone caves when water drips over limestone and redeposits forming stalactites and stalagmites. The name onyx has Greek origins and means claw or fingernail which has a similar translucent appearance to onyx stone. It is mainly found in the Brazil, USA, Germany, Mexico, India, and Africa.
Onyx is known for its opalescence or translucence, spectacular patterns and vibrant colours. It is not a stone that should be subject to hard wear as it is quite soft. It must be professionally sealed with a penetrating sealer otherwise stains can be difficult to remove. Onyx etches with acidic liquids and must be maintained with care. It can be used to make tiles, tables, hand basins, vases, bowls and ornaments that can be backlit, as
the light will shine through the stone. Onyx products are usually highly polished to bring out the beautiful patterns and colours in the stone.
Colours range from earthy reds, browns and greys to a variety of pastel greens, creams, gold, amber and white.
Granite is a hard ‘intrusive’ stone, extremely durable, strong and coarse grained with large crystals, which give it a flecked look. It mainly contains the minerals potassium, feldspar and quartz with small amounts of mica. Most of the continent is made of granite.
Granite is one of the hardest, most popular building materials used in the world and is commonly used indoors for kitchen
benchtops, bathroom vanities, floors and furniture. Outdoors it is used in large structures such as bridges, monuments, retaining walls and steps and in large public floor areas due to its solid character and ability to withstand deterioration. Granite is usually used as a slab rather than a tile, so its weight must be considered when choosing an application.
Polished granite is hard wearing, easily
maintained, heat, chip, bacteria, fire and scratch resistant and is not affected by acidic liquids such as juice, coffee, tea and wine when treated with a good quality penetrating sealer. Granite has an ageless beauty, is longer wearing than manmade stones and will retain its colour and finish longer than other stones. Colours are usually shades of black, grey, brown, red, pink and yellow, which are determined by the minerals trapped when the stone is forming.