When it comes to natural stone, each slab is unique offering naturally varied appearances and possessing it’s own individual characteristics. In contrast to the mind-dulling sameness of assembly line materials, natural stone possesses it’s own character - exuding beauty and vitality.

While there are hundreds of identifications for rock types, only nine are acknowledged commercially:

The most popular and commonly known stone, Granite is an excellent choice for most almost any project. Available in a striking array of colors, granite's durability, longevity, and economy make it ideal for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces, including table tops and floors. Its inherent strength, abrasion resistance and superior weathering durability are likely to keep it one of the preeminent material selections available to today's architects.

Marble has been valued for thousands of years for its rich palette of beautiful colors and appearance; its beauty and elegance make it a popular choice for countertops, floors, foyers, walls, windowsills, fireplace facings and hearths. Its random appearance and inherent warmth adds sophistication and old Hollywood charm. Ease of maintenance makes it a premium choice for wall claddings, tabletops, wainscot, and vanity tops. Many marbles are well suited for wet area application, which extends the versatility of this material to include tub decks and showers.

True onyx is nearly pure crystalline silica closely related to agate, a semi-precious stone. Onyx is formed by a slow precipitation from generally cold solutions of carbonated spring water with colors in pastel shades, usually yellow, brown, green, orange, and white.

Another stone often confused with marble, is serpentine, which consist mostly or entirely of serpentine, green to greenish-black in color commonly veined with calcite and dolmite magnesite or both. Serpentine is often referred to as verde antique but this term may also refer to green marble without serpentine. Serpentine is a common choice for both kitchen counter and exterior application.

Marble has been valued for thousands of years for its rich palette of beautiful colors and appearance; its beauty and elegance make it a popular choice for countertops, floors, foyers, walls, windowsills, fireplace facings and hearths. Its random appearance and inherent warmth adds sophistication and old Hollywood charm. Ease of maintenance makes it a premium choice for wall claddings, tabletops, wainscot, and vanity tops. Many marbles are well suited for wet area application, which extends the versatility of this material to include tub decks and showers.

True onyx is nearly pure crystalline silica closely related to agate, a semi-precious stone. Onyx is formed by a slow precipitation from generally cold solutions of carbonated spring water with colors in pastel shades, usually yellow, brown, green, orange, and white.

Another stone often confused with marble, is serpentine, which consist mostly or entirely of serpentine, green to greenish-black in color commonly veined with calcite and dolmite magnesite or both. Serpentine is often referred to as verde antique but this term may also refer to green marble without serpentine. Serpentine is a common choice for both kitchen counter and exterior application.

As the name suggests, Sandstone is made of sand cemented by silica, iron, lime etc. The color of sandstone depends on the cementing material; ferruginous (iron) sandstones are reddish, brownish; carbonaceous, black; siliceous, white and argillaceous, earthy to buff. Other than the hardness, the porosity of the sandstone is also a key factor in deciding the suitability for its applications.

Quartzites are very similar to slates, but with a higher content of Quartz, which gives them a sparkling texture. They are so close in appearance to slates that usually they are referred to as quartzitic-slates. Just like slates, they are used for various applications depending on their hardness. The strength, abrasion resistance, and weathering durability of this rock type expand its application possibilities to include most any of the common uses for natural, dimension stone.

A great combination of earth tone colors and the finish makes this stone one of a kind. The vibrant colors and unique textures make slates appropriate for interior as well as exterior applications. Because it is formed in layers, it can easily be split to expose beautifully textured surfaces.

The usual colors of slates are earthy (various shades and mixes of browns, beiges, yellows), black, dark-grays, and greenish-gray but shades of pinks, purples and copper are also found. They usually exhibit a lot of variation in color among the pieces quarried from the same site. Slates, depending on their individual hardness, are used for flooring, cladding and landscaping.

Soapstone is highly heat resistant, and has frequently been used in fireplace surrounds.

The cozy tones of Travertine range from the sandy beiges to shimmering golds giving a feeling of warmth and comfort and is commonly used outside as cladding and pavement, as well as inside for floors, walls and countertops. The characteristic holes in travertine are the result of trapped gas bubbles; as the gas escapes, crystals form in the cavities. Travertine’s are generally light-colored beiges and tans, though there are some beautiful, colored travertine’s that have resulted from other minerals dissolved by hot underground water.

The muted tones of limestone are perfect for today’s more casual and comfortable lifestyles. Generally these soft beiges and tans are appropriate for bathrooms, fireplaces, counters and less-traveled flooring, where a more informal decor is desired.

Cantera Stone is found in the riverbeds of certain regions of Mexico. Cantera stone is used extensively in the United States for architectural columns and moldings and for pavement tiles.

Shell Stone is a sedimentary stone sharing characteristics of limestone with fossils and shells imbedded in its body.

“Our product is a lifetime investment,” believes Antunes, whose travels to the quarries of Portugal, Italy, Brazil and other countries give him elite access to some of the world’s most premium quality stone. His unparalleled purchasing power gives his customers a world-class product at a reasonable price. Homeowners, decorators and builders can choose from an eye-popping inventory of natural stone.

Along with the Antunes are master stone crafters, who perform under the watchful eye of European masters of the trade using state-of-the-art equipment imported from Italy. Antunes adds that “our water jet technology and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Master Stone Engineering enable our skilled technicians to accomplish the most intricate angles and edge detailing imaginable to create a unique design that enhances the elegance of the stone.”



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