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Mad About Marble: A Geological Look at a Classic Stone

by | Feb 15, 2018 | Educate

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

“Stone Is Art”: A Panel Discussion Hosted by Aria Stone Gallery

by | Jan 31, 2018 | Educate

During this panel discussion featuring a variety of talented stone industry professionals, questions were specifically targeted to each professional’s forte. Topics included: stone trends, marble vs quartz and other artificial stones.

Limestone – A Tropical Seabed Brings Us a Practical Stone

by | Jan 16, 2018 | Educate

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.

How to Use Natural Stone in Sustainable Ways

by | Dec 14, 2017 | Educate, Inspire

Some businesses, like Minnesota-based Coldspring, have an entire sustainability mindset and are working to be environmentally-responsible stone producers.

Granite: What’s In a Name?

by | Dec 7, 2017 | Educate

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 including gabbro, gneiss, and basalt.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting Stone Countertops

by | Nov 10, 2017 | Educate

Choosing the perfect material for your lifestyle and décor is the first step. The next phase is installation, and if you’ve never gone through the process you might not know what to expect.

Understanding the Cost of Granite Countertops

by | Nov 5, 2017 | Educate

Cost is a major deciding factor in most purchasing decisions. There are many factors that go into the process, which makes every homeowner’s situation unique.

That’s a Gneiss Stone!

by | Nov 3, 2017 | Educate

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

Take Advantage of the Latest Technology When Designing with Natural Stone

by | Oct 24, 2017 | Educate

Technology has become extremely prevalent in today’s society and the natural stone industry is not immune. In fact, we are opening up a world of possibilities for your projects that save time, money, and resources.

Schist Happens: Get to Know This Brilliant Stone

by | Sep 28, 2017 | Educate

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

Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Natural Stone Kitchen Countertops

by | Sep 12, 2017 | Educate

When you head to the showroom to choose your natural stone, use these five questions to ensure you choose your best option.

Striking Patterns: What Stripes Tell You about Your Stone

by | Aug 7, 2017 | Educate

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 | Educate

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

Resources for Design Professionals

by | May 30, 2017 | Educate, Resources

Architects and designers can find all they need to know on this resource page from Natural Stone Institute.

Natural Stone Resource Library

by | May 30, 2017 | Educate, Resources

Search the archives of technical papers, case studies, and more information published by Natural Stone Institute.

Glossary of Stone Industry Terms

by | May 30, 2017 | Educate, Resources

Definitions for terms commonly used in the stone industry.

Stones of North America

by | May 30, 2017 | Educate, Resources

Your source for finding natural stones from North America. Browse by type, color, use, and quarry location.

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Natural Stone Surfaces

by | May 29, 2017 | Educate

Protect your natural stone surfaces by avoiding these five common practices.