There are a variety of specialty stones now available on the modern market. Each one is unique and beautiful with its own unique look and set of attributes. While there are countless more out there we have listed a few of the more common ones on this page to give you a taste.
Much like its cousin agate, onyx is banded with a variety of the mineral chalcedony in alternating stunning colours. Onyx is formed in caves as stalactites and stalagmites drip to form this precious stone. Onyx is similar to diamonds with a cryptocrystalline texture and consists of fine intergrowths of silica minerals such as quartz and moganite. Typically you will find onyx being used as backlit panels in lobbies, reception areas and luxurious bars and lounges.
Slate is a fine-grained homogenous metamorphic rock that is derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock that is composed of clay or volcanic ash through a low-grade regional metamorphism. Slate has a much more subtle shifting in colouration giving it a more even uniform appearance than marble or granite. The differences between slate slabs are not as pronounced however each one is still unique with subtle shads of black, charcoal, grey and pewter occasionally highlighted with green blue and red.
Soapstone is a natural stone labeled as a steatite stone. The mineral composition generally will contain chlorite, magnesite, and dolomite. Soapstone also contains a high degree of talc, which gives it the milky and powdery visual appearance and soapy texture. Soapstone has been long sought after for its timeless elegance and an astonishing amount of warmth. When it comes to the versatility of style soapstone has it made, being a favorite in country kitchens and now being found more in a traditional and modern style alike.
Semiprecious gemstones have been sought after for their beauty and dazzling brilliance. With the progression of modern day technology and manufacturing methods, it is now possible to create luxurious slabs from these elegant materials. A leading company creating these materials is Caesarstone® with their Concetto® collection. They handcraft each slab with semiprecious stones that are individually cut and bound to create a material with unparalleled beauty and style. Concetto® lends itself varied applications such as distinctive kitchen countertops and vanities, awe-inspiring feature wall panels, striking reception desks and elegant furniture.
Travertine is a natural stone that has been formed in hot springs and limestone caves by chemical precipitation of calcite or aragonite.
Travertine is also characterized with holes and pitting that were formed by carbon dioxide evasion during its formation.
Most limestone is composed of grains that are actually skeletal fragments of various marine organisms, with a combination of silica, clay, silt, and sand. It is a softer material much like its counterparts, but it has been referred to as an almost living stone as it seems to become more beautiful month after month. Limestone offers an outstanding visual appeal with dramatic and distinctive natural veining. The natural shades of travertine range from soft ivory and pale creamy
white to rich golden shades of walnut and honey, silvery greens, rustic reds, and deep mocha coffee dependent on mineral and organic content present at the time of its formation.
Porcelain is a material that has been around the tile scene for many years, however, this durable material is now being incorporated into slab format materials. One such material is branded as Laminam® which is made with a sophisticated mixture of natural and recyclable materials such as porcelain. It’s innovative composition and characteristics allow it the ability to be used in a seemingly infinite number of applications, including countertops, flooring, cladding and wall paneling, for both indoor and outdoor applications.
The latest innovation introduced to the industry is Ultra Compact materials. Using a sintering process, the raw materials are a solid mass by heat and pressure without melting it to the point of liquefaction. A product that has been developed using this technique materials from a variety of industries. Dekton® has developed a formed into had been branded as Dekton® using a combination of raw natural product that is incredibly resistant to scorching, scratching, staining, thermal shock, mold and UV light making it perfect for almost any indoor and outdoor application.
We are continually bringing in new and exciting products. The following lists are only a partial
selections of the available materials. Please contact our office and speak to our experienced sales representatives for further information