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Natural stone showcase: how is marble formed?

When it comes to natural stone, marble is a material which has been used for sculpture and architecture and interiors for centuries.

So how is marble formed and how can this beautiful natural stone be incorporated in your home or commercial space to add the luxe factor?

Natural stone: the science behind marble

Marble is a metamorphic rock that forms when limestone is subjected to the intense heat and pressure of metamorphism. This natural stone is composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite, as well as other minerals such as clay, micas, quartz, iron oxides and graphite. The natural stone occurs in large deposits that can be hundreds of feet thick and geographically extensive.

What causes variations in this natural stone?

Marble can be found in a stunning array of colours - from black and grey through to brown, yellow, pink, green, red, cream and pure white.

Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of a very pure limestone or dolomite protolith.  When marble contains unique swirls and striations, or 'veins', it is usually due to the natural stone containing various impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides or chert.

Uses for this beautiful natural stone

Marble has come to epitomise luxury and classic glamour. This most elegant of natural stone products can be used for multiple purposes within the home but wherever it is located, marble makes a real statement.

Marble can be relatively matte or alternatively it can be polished to bring out its lustre, colour and markings. Dependent on how it is cut, the shape of the edge, or 'profile', can dramatically alter the effect of this natural stone. Squarer, plainer edges tend to look more modern, whilst bevelled and more elaborate profiles are ideal for more traditional settings.

Marble: the perfect natural stone for an opulent bathroom

Marble can be used for a sumptuous bathroom scheme.  Use it as a lavish surround for a sunken bath or to line the walls of a spacious spa-inspired walk-in shower.

For kitchens with class: add natural stone

Marble makes a chic and highly functional countertop, island unit surface or feature splashback. Whether the kitchen décor scheme is modern or traditional, the inclusion of this sophisticated natural stone will ramp up the elegance of this room.

Other uses for natural stone in the home

As well as a flooring and wall covering material, marble can also be used for features such as fireplaces, table tops and window sills and for cladding spectacular feature walls in living rooms or dining spaces.

Marble: natural stone for a chic commercial setting

This natural stone is not exclusively for residential settings. Marble works equally well in high-end establishments, and will enhance the aesthetic appeal of restaurants and bars as well as boutiques and hotels.

Stone Gallery: your natural stone specialists

At The Stone Gallery we are dedicated to selling high quality natural stone tiles and flooring. Whether the look is classical or contemporary, our knowledgeable team is on hand to ensure that every customer finds the right stone for their project.

Besides marble, we offer slate, limestone and travertine, sandstone and basalt - call into our Camberley showroom to see our extensive range of natural stone or call us on 01276 691 501.

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