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Natural stone brings unique beauty to your home

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Nature is what gives natural stone its beauty

Granite, marble, travertine and other popular natural stones are not man-made; they are extracted from quarries all over the world after millions of years of formation. All that man does in the process is cutting it, polishing its rough finish and sometimes adding resin to cover the pores to maximize its performance.

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Natural stone brings uniqueness to your kitchen

Each piece of stone is unique because it was uniquely made by nature as opposed to an industrial manufacturing process (as it is the case for engineered quartz stone). This implies that your countertop will never look exactly the same as you neighbors’ or anybody else’s even if it was extracted from the same quarry. In the case of exotic stones, the difference between products from the same quarry can be absolutely dazzling.

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There are so many that you’ll always find a stone that will make your kitchen or bath breathtaking

With thousands of different natural stone quarries all over the world, nature gives us an almost unlimited range of colors and patterns to choose from. is a great guide to assist you in selecting from all these options. We let you explore as many as you want (we almost have 2,000 different colors for your to pick from) but we also guide in you in the process because we know it can get overwhelming and a bit stressful. Our goal is to help you find the best stone for your home!

Veins and other so-called “defects” are what make natural stone uniquely beautiful

Part of that uniqueness are the veins, fissures, pits or spots characteristic of some stones. These features should not be regarded as defects because they are precisely what makes stone unique and provide it with character and personality. In fact, stones that tend to present some of these characteristics tend to be much more expensive than the more standard ones that don’t.

Veins are lines of different sizes (thick or thin, long or small) that present a different color from the ones that prevail on the rest of the stone surface. These lines make stone a piece of art because they enrich the stone which, as a result, highlights its presence in the room (in a good way if combined properly with the other elements: kitchen cabinets, floor, sinks, etc.). However, while looking at a slab for a countertop, it is usually important to make sure that the veins are consistent across the slab and that they don’t concentrate on one side. In other words, when you chose a slab for your countertop you need to make sure that it cannot be divided into two highly differentiated sides unless your fabricator assures you that he can work around that given the layout of your kitchen. The reason behind this is simple: you don’t want your countertop to look as if it had been made with two completely different stones.

Fissures also occur naturally in many stone types. Since granite is composed by a mix of different minerals, some are not as strong as others and break. These fissures can in many cases be fixed during the production process making the affected area as strong as the rest.

Pits are holes in the surface of the slab that usually appear when the polishing heads go over small areas filled with sand or other easily removable materials. If the material is properly worked, those holes should be filled and they should’t be a problem for the product’s performance on your countertop or vanity top.

Cracks, on the other hand, are originated by misshandling the slab or tile. This can actually be considered a defect which, opposite to what you may think might work as an advantage to you. Your fabricator may be able to work around the crack given the layout of your countertop or vanity top. Make sure to ask the fabricator to apply the discount to your final price!

Natural stone is the only product that will give a unique look to your kitchen, bathroom or floor and that will give you enough options to make sure you find exactly the color that matches your expectations.

Written by ignacio lópez silva

May 9th, 2011 at 9:38 am

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Stone bookmatch

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A bookmatch is a way of displaying stone slabs or tile by which at least two pieces are symmetrically placed one next to the other. Here’s a good example:


This is a very popular way of displaying expensive marbles, onyxes, quartzites and some granites. The reason is simple: they look much better! They are typically stones with strong veins and lines that, when bookmatched, create very geometric patterns that make your floor, walls or countertops much more interesting. Statuary white, a very exclusive white marble quarried in Carrara (Italy), really shows its beauty when bookmatched:


Not every stone can be bookmatched. Apart from the fact that some stones are two plain to be bookmatch (you wouldn’t even notice it), the factory that cuts and polishes the stone, needs to change the process when it wants the slab to bookmatch. Instead of polishing the same face of each slab, it needs to alternate for them to bookmatch. This obviously implies an extra cost for the factory, so it’s only done with expensive stones that, given their naturally formed veins and lines, look beautiful bookmatched.

Our recommendation: when you are shopping for stone tile or slabs, ask the sales person at your distributor to tell which stones they have available for bookmatch.

Written by ignacio lópez silva

May 9th, 2011 at 9:37 am

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Granite Colors: Green Granite

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Green granite is a very popular choice in America because it can bring the freshness of nature to any kitchen. From more sober tones to the most exotic patterns that will fill your kitchen with the charm and beauty of a Brazilian forrest.

Here is my selection of 10 types of green granite that will really enhance your kitchen.

1. Verde Ubatuba Granite

Verde Ubatuba or Green Ubatuba is a basic granite quarried in Brazil. Dark green crystals consistently spread over the slab combining with golden flakes. These crystals range in size depending on the quarry; the amount of golden flakes ranges to. This granite is blue when it’s first extracted from the quarry but, with exposure to the sun and oxidation during the cutting process, it starts developing a gold tone that, combined with blue gives Ubatuba its genuine green tone. The only issue you need to look out for when you pick the slabs are small golden “hairs” that could lead to fissures when the slab is cut. Below is a picture of an Ubatuba countertop. To see more click here.

2. Peacock Green

Peacock Green is a basic granite quarried in Brazil. Coming from the same family of Ubatuba and Green Butterfly, it presents the same dark green crystals with a touch of gold. The main difference between Ubatuba and Peacock is the size of the green crystals; Peacock’s are larger. Green Butterfly is different because it also includes numerous white spots all over the slab. The most beautiful peacock green is quarried and manufactured by Marbrasa in the town of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo. Below is a picture of a Peacock Green countertop. To see more click here.

3. Sea Foam Green

Sea Foam Green is an exotic stone quarried in brazil. This stone is extremely unique and somewhat hard to find. There are only a few factories in Brazil that produce it. This means that very few wholesalers in your area will carry it in stock. Green crystals of different tones combine with small darker spots along with large washed out areas that used to be holes in the slab but have been carefully filled and repaired by the factory. The tone ranges from a more pure green tone to a yellowish green. The slabs are typically not very impressive but, once they have been installed, Sea Foam Green countertops look majestic. If you really want to have a stunningly beautiful countertop try the leather or satin finish. Below is a picture of a Sea Foam Green countertop. To see more click here.

4. Costa Esmeralda

Costa Esmeralda is an exotic granite manufactured in Italy. Yellowish green veins move across a light green background combined with white areas. Costa Esmeralda has been a popular choice for American kitchens for a decade because it rests on the more conservative side of the exotic granite spectrum. Elegant and unique at the same time. Below is a picture of a Costa Esmeralda countertop. To see more click here.

5. Labradorite Blue Australe

Labradorite Blue Australe is a super exotic granite quarried in the African island of Madagascar but masterfully manufactured by the best Italian factories. Large iridescent blue flakes on top of mystic combination of greens that give a unique sense of depth to this granite. Ideal for the luxurious ambiences, Labradorite Blue Australe’s breathtaking beauty won’t leave anyone indifferent. Below is a picture of a Labradorite Blue countertop. To see more click here.

Written by ignacio lópez silva

December 9th, 2010 at 8:15 am