Working With Stone

Bookmatching: Geology Meets Geometry

by | Dec 21, 2018 | Working With Stone

Bookmatched slabs sometimes look like butterflies, or Rorschach (inkblot) tests, or many other fanciful shapes. Bar none, bookmatched slabs are one of the most dramatic and impressive ways to use natural stone.

Know Your Rocks: An Overview of the Geology of Natural Stone

by | Nov 21, 2018 | Working With Stone

A bit of geology can shed light on why or where we’d want to use a given stone. Geology also helps us appreciate that every slab of stone offers a little glimpse into deep time and the dramatic forces that shape the planet.

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.

What Are Stone Remnants And How Can They Be Used?

by | Oct 4, 2018 | Working With Stone

The leftover materials from fabrication or construction are known as remnants. There are many different ways to address this issue and many advantages to identifying and using natural stone remnants in a project.

Zaha Hadid’s Stunning Feature Wall Showcases Masterful Craftsmanship

by | Sep 6, 2018 | Working With Stone

Envisioned and designed by late renowned architect Zaha Hadid, residential condominium building in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood features a stunning piece of wall art carved from Grigio Brasile marble that expands 34 feet.

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.

5 Ways to Use Natural Stone Veneer

by | Jul 10, 2018 | Working With Stone

Natural stone accents are effortlessly dramatic and always gorgeous. Here are 5 of our favorite ways to use natural stone veneer accents that you can draw from to add the elemental elegance of stone to your home.

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.

Going Digital in the New Stone Age

by | Mar 7, 2018 | Working With Stone

Some say new machines and techniques let them work more efficiently, avoid mistakes, and achieve greater precision. Here are some examples of how cutting edge digital tools are fitting into the age-old stone industry.

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.

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

by | Jan 31, 2018 | Working With Stone

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 | 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 including gabbro, gneiss, and basalt.

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.

Take Advantage of the Latest Technology When Designing with Natural Stone

by | Oct 24, 2017 | Working With Stone

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.

An Education Carved in Stone

by | Oct 9, 2017 | Working With Stone

In a world of bytes and bites, the next generation of artisans is still studying with mallets and chisels and doing its part to carry over an ancient trade to another century.

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.

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.

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