Archive for ONYX
Exotic stones are such an amazing work of nature. When selecting natural stone for a project, I am always drawn to the unusual and rare. Not all budgets and applications will allow the use of exotic stone but let’s explore the possibilities.
There are basically two types of stone compositions used for interiors.
Siliceous Stone is composed of silica and quartz-like particles. It is very durable. Granite, slate, sandstone and quartzite are a few examples:
Calcareous Stone is composed of calcium carbonate. Marble, travertine, limestone and onyx are stones in this category. These stones are more sensitive to acidic foods and cleansers.
Josh Garskofthis from This Old House Magazine expresses my sentiments about natural stone: “Every rock pulled from the earth has its own mineral color, veining, and speckles, brought vividly to life by stone-workers’ saws and polishing wheels. It will be as distinctive as an original work of art. A stone countertop will last as long as your house—maybe even longer. It needs only a little routine care and forethought to ward off water marks, stains, and etching typically caused by acidic foods. But even if the worst happens—a chipped edge, a red wine spill—most stones can be restored by a professional. Unlike almost every other building material, stone does not decay. Rather, its natural beauty only enhances through years of use.”
Here are some larger images of amazing exotic, natural stones.
Granite can have incredible depth, visual texture and color. The “movement” or the flow of the veining in the stone and the contrast of light and dark mineral deposits place these granites in the exotic category.
Onyx has patterns and colors not available in many other stones. Some onyx, like the Honey onyx, has translucent characteristics that are great for backlighting countertops for a dramatic visual effect.
Marble is softer than granite. It will age and develop its own patina over time. Although not always recommended for kitchen countertops, with proper care it will retain its beauty for years. The more “visual texture” marble has, the better for camouflaging any minor small imperfections. One of my favorites is the pattern of Rainforest marble, resembling the limbs and twigs of trees.
So dream big with these exotic stones from far-away places! In your dream, which is your favorite and where would you put it?
Mary Sherwood Lake Living – Working with you to create your lifestyle!