What is the difference between marble and granite?
Although both were created deep within the earth millions of years ago, the processes that formed them were quite different.
Marble is a metamorphic rock. It was once limestone, but over time, the combination of intense heat and pressure caused the limestone to re-crystallize. Foreign substances often entered the stone during this process, creating an infinite variety of colors, asters, and veining. Marble is a lot like snowflakes; no two pieces are exactly alike.
Granite is an igneous rock, which means that at one time during its development, it was melted like volcanic lava. Unlike lava, however, this melted (or molten) rock never reached the surface. It remained trapped inside, where it slowly cooled and crystallized, resulting in a very uniform, speckled stone that ranges in color from black and gray tones to pinks, browns, and reds.
Marble and Granite is quarried throughout the world with a large portion of it shipped to Italy, the hub of the world for the natural stone industry. Once in Italy, a gang saw is used to slice the large blocks into 3/4" and 1-1/4" thick slabs. The faces of these slabs are then polished to a high gloss finish. The slabs then get crated in the original order in which they were cut from. Each crated bundle contains approximately 8-12 slabs. Once they are crated they await shipment to fabricators around the world.
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