geology

A Soft Spot for Soapstone

by | Oct 12, 2018 | Working With Stone

Once you’ve come to terms with soapstone’s softness, you can revel in its strengths. Soapstone is remarkably resistant to staining or damage from acids. The density of the stone makes it practically impervious.

A Deep Dive Into the Properties of Quartzite

by | Aug 24, 2018 | Working With Stone

Quartzite picks up where sandstone leaves off. It’s a metamorphic rock – one that’s been baked into an extra-tough stone by the heat and pressure that only comes from deep burial way down in Earth’s crust.

Sussing Out Sandstone

by | Jul 22, 2018 | Working With Stone

Sandstone, by the most basic definition, is any stone that’s made mostly of sand-sized pieces that have been stuck together into a solid rock. That loose definition leaves a lot of room for variation.

Bluestone: Rivers and Deltas Create a Versatile American Sandstone

by | May 31, 2018 | Working With Stone

Bluestone is a fine-grained sandstone from Pennsylvania and New York, characterized by its grey-blue color—but it’s not always blue.

From Earth’s Mantle to the Fireplace Mantel: Tracing the Origins of Green Stones

by | Mar 13, 2018 | Working With Stone

Let’s explore some green stones and illuminate their properties, minerals, and geologic origins.

Mad About Marble: A Geological Look at a Classic Stone

by | Feb 15, 2018 | Working With Stone

Marble is one of the world’s most revered and useful natural materials. Read about it’s formation, patterns, colors, and technical properties.

Limestone – A Tropical Seabed Brings Us a Practical Stone

by | Jan 16, 2018 | Working With Stone

Next time you come face-to-face with a limestone slab in a showroom, pause and indulge yourself with a little mental time travel to the prehistoric, balmy ocean that created this stone.

Granite: What’s In a Name?

by | Dec 7, 2017 | Working With Stone

In the natural stone industry, “granite” often means any hard stone that is not marble. This article will talk about igneous rocks that comprise most of the granite family.

That’s a Gneiss Stone!

by | Nov 3, 2017 | Working With Stone

Gneiss is among the most common commercial stones, but you may not have heard of gneiss because it’s almost always classified as granite.

Schist Happens: Get to Know This Brilliant Stone

by | Sep 28, 2017 | Working With Stone

The sparkly aesthetic comes from mica minerals, which are nature’s glitter.

Why I Use Natural Stone: A Conversation with Vinny Tavares

by | Sep 5, 2017 | Inspired by Stone

Read why Vinny Tavares, owner and founder of Aria Stone Gallery, uses natural stone over engineered quartz.

Wall of Time: A Geologic Stone Wall Captures Earth’s History

by | Aug 18, 2017 | Inspired by Stone

Instead of just stacking the stones any which way they fit together, this geologist/home owner decided to create her wall using the stones in order of their geological ages.

Striking Patterns: What Stripes Tell You about Your Stone

by | Aug 7, 2017 | Working With Stone

Find out how your stone got its stripes. Much of Earth’s history is recorded in layer upon layer of sediment.

Travertine: Watching Stones Form in Real-Time

by | Jul 7, 2017 | Working With Stone

How travertine is formed and how to use as a building material.

Got Lava? A Photographic Tour of Iceland’s Native Stone

by | Jun 2, 2017 | Inspired by Stone

Inspire to visit Iceland or consider ways to use your own native stone.

The Mystique of Onyx

by | May 29, 2017 | Working With Stone

How Onyx’s geology affects its performance as a building material.

Slate: From the Ocean Floor to Your Floor

by | Apr 26, 2017 | Working With Stone

Learn all about slate from the ocean floor to your floor.

Getting to Know Your White Stones

by | Feb 23, 2017 | Working With Stone

Getting to know your white stones including marble, quartzite, and pegmatite.

The Definitive Guide to Quartzite

by | Jan 24, 2017 | Working With Stone

The definitive guide to a commonly mislabeled natural stone, quartzite.

A Wild Ride through the Rock Cycle

by | Nov 21, 2016 | Working With Stone

Learn how stone is created from start to finish.

Cash Crop: Fresh Stones, Ripe for the Picking

by | Nov 14, 2016 | Working With Stone

A story about making use of glacial stone picked from a local farm.

A Moment in Time: Telling the Stories in Natural Stone

by | Jul 11, 2016 | Working With Stone

What took place millions of years ago can bring appreciation for selecting stone.