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Granite is an igneous rock, formed by the crystallization of molten lava. Minerals within granite typically appear as small flecks throughout the stone, creating a “salt and pepper” look. Other types have veining similar to marble. Granite is a dense - grained, hard stone. It can be highly polished or finished in a variety of other ways. A broad spectrum of color is available.
 
Granite countertops are both beautiful and durable, easy to clean, resistant to heat and scratches. The afford-ability of granites and the wide range of colors makes it a great material for both kitchens counters, bathrooms counters and tile flooring.    
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Classic and luxurious, these high quality marbles will make an impact.  Formed from limestone, & superheated to form crystalline structure each slab is unique and can transform your kitchen into an artwork.  Marble is not the hardest of stones, and reacts easily to acids and leads to etching on the surface making it porous and therefore susceptible to staining.  Proper care for marble is a must, and should be professionally sealed.
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Quartzite is a very popular materials in the kitchen counter top market, known for its rich colors and elegant veining, many colors have a translucent appearance. Pure quartzite is usually white or gray; however, the presence of iron oxides and other minerals may cast pink, red, blue or even green tones through the material. If you prefer the beauty and color of quartzite, rest assured that you are selecting a material that is strong, beautiful, and very durable.
 
Quartzite is a hard metamorphic rock originally formed as a sandstone with an above average resistance to scratches and abrasions. These materials may be more scratch resistant, they are not “scratch proof.” It is always important to use a cutting board when slicing and dicing for the safety of your counter tops as well as your knives.

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Limestone is a widely used, attractive stone for nearly any project, and is a good heat-resistant choice for kitchen countertops.  Compared to other natural stone options, such as granite and marble, limestone is more porous than other stone, and usually light in color, so is more easily stained.  Limestone also requires significant upkeep, however, when properly cared for limestone makes an affordable and sophisticated upgrade for your home.  
 
Limestone is a sedimentary stone, layered and formed from the skeletons and shells of sea creatures that lived in vast, warm seas millions of years ago.

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Technological advancements in stone processing has allowed for the introduction of many new stone types. Traditionally granite, marble, and limestone represented the breadth of stone types. Specialty stones don’t necessarily fit into traditional categories and can have many different properties.  Specialty stones have become some of the most sought after stones due to their unique beauty. 
Nature and technology team up to produce unique results with these beautiful slabs. Patterns and finishes can be tailored thanks to the wide range of materials available and the use of innovative production techniques.
 
The Natura Collection utilizes digital technology to etch unique designs into the stone.  This can be done with lasers, water jets or other techniques depending on the stone and design.  Designs can be done on over 500 different types of stones, making the possibilities endless.

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The appeal, rarity and beauty of gems have inspired legends and stories full of fantasy and adventure for centuries. Today the legend becomes a reality and with the availability of these collections. We have great pleasure in presenting to you our new Precioustone and Gemstone Collections.
 
Each slab of these specially selected specimens has been painstakingly laid out and hand assembled by experienced crafts people to take full advantage of the beauty of the precioustone collection.  Visit our precioustone gallery located in Wheeling Il, and see these remarkable stones in person.

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