The thought of marble automatically brings grandeur visions of large foyers with curling staircases. It is beautiful, elegant and can be used throughout the home on walls, flooring and in bathrooms.
History of Marble Use
Marble’s luxurious look is what made it popular amongst royalty throughout history. Kings and Queens had their palaces adorned in it, and some of the most sacred places of worship were built with beautiful slabs of marble. Sculpture, some of which is known worldwide, is carved out of it. (We’re sure the name Michelangelo rings a bell). An attractive ornamental stone – marble is seen in vanities, shower walls, bath basins, decks, and foyers.
What is It Exactly?
Marble is formed when limestone is subjected to heat and pressure. It is composed primarily of calcite, however, contains other minerals such as mica, graphite, quartz, and pyrite. During the period of time when the stone is under extreme amounts of heat and pressure, calcite recrystallizes to form a large mass of interlaced crystals. Typically, it is a light color. When formed from limestone that has small amounts of trace impurities, it will likely be whiter and more pure-looking. Marble that has a high concentration of clay minerals, iron oxides or other material will range in color – from blue, gray or pink, to yellow or black. It is a softer stone, which makes it easy to carve into big slabs, or into smaller decorative tiles. It can be sanded and polished to an incredibly high luster, which is enticing to those considering using marble in floor tiles, window sills, columns and other decorative pieces.
One thing to consider with marble is its susceptibility to staining. Keeping this in mind – think through a plan if you’re considering options for a high-traffic area or one that is open to spilling or grime due to food, or soil (or the beloved family pet).
When considering marble for a project, use the above points to create a Pros and Cons checklist to ensure that it is the optimal choice. Take good care of your stone to preserve the look and quality for years to come, and for generations to enjoy!