|Marble has been used for centuries as a structural
and decorative building material and the many famous
buildings that still exist today, such as the Colosseum
and Pantheon in Rome, are a fitting tribute to
the skilled craftsmen of the day and the tremendous
durability of marble itself.
Marble was created through a metamorphosis involving heat and pressure and its’ most
common characteristic is calcium carbonate. It is normally white, but often tinted
by iron oxide, carbon and serpentine to form attractive shades of yellow, brown,
green or black. Other minerals may grow from impurities within the stone often
resulting in coloured streaks or veins. Marble is usually finely crystalline,
hard and dense and consequently can be highly polished.
Marble is usually highly polished to highlight its’ wonderful natural characteristics.
However, it is also available in a matt (honed) finish or an aged (antiqued)
finish for a more traditional look.