Marble – Marble is a metamorphic stone and is derived from limestone that has been crystallized by the earth’s heat or pressure over time.  Pure marble is almost completely white; the color in marble comes from iron oxides and other mineral deposits. Patterning consists of fissures, cracks, veining and soft clouding that give marble the impression of depth and translucence.

As marble is softer then granite, it is ideal for decorative applications such as fireplaces, table tops and vanities.  However, in kitchens in Italy and through Europe, marble has been used for decades and the marks of use are seen as adding to the beauty and a natural patina of the marble.

For more information visit Marble Institute of America.