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Travertine Characteristics - General

Physical, chemical, technical characteristics of Travertine in general

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A 2109: I'm confused like everyone else. What is Saturnia and can it be used on countertops in the masterbath along with the floor and shower walls? Is it a Travertine or a Limestone. Nancy, June 24,  
R1: Dear Nancy: "Saturnia" is nothing but a fancy name to define cross-cut travertine (cut across its grain, that is, rather than along it, like travertine is usually processed). Maurizio, USA

A 2015: Are Pueblo and Durango the same thing? Also is Durango Cafe the same as a travertine called Cafe? I am told there is not any difference between types of travertine--I mean the quality. but comments on the site indicates there are. How do I know what a good travertine is? How do I know if it is from the US, Mexico or Italy? This is our dream home and we have worked very hard to get to this point and I don't want to make a big mistake. Also what principle should guide one when choosing the color or pattern? They seem so similar. Patty, June 4,
R1: Dear Patty: I don't have an answer about the Pueblo and Durango question. What I do know is that Durango stone is indeed a travertine (from Mexico). Because of the way travertine (any travertine) was formed, it's one of the most consistent stones available. Of course there are differences between travertine coming from different corners of our blessed planet, but they are minimal and marginal. So, choose whichever you like. You can't go wrong! But ... The real question is not as much about the different travertine, as it is 
WHERE in your house you're going to install it, and with WHAT kind of finish (polished or honed). Those are indeed quite important issues. If you feel like needing additional assistance, feel free to hit the "" link at the end of your very answer and ask to get in touch directly with me. I'll be glad to help. Maurizio, USA
A 1951: I'm interested in using a Turkish gold / yellow travertine in my bath, hall, and kitchen. Do different origins and colors vary in suitability? The store reps feel that the qualities are the same. I doubt their experience. Are there different grades of trav.? Viss, May 22.
R1: Dear Viss: For once, the store reps are right. Travertine -- no matter where it comes from -- is arguably the most consistent stone available. This is due to the way it was formed. Maurizio, USA
A 1943: What is the difference between travertine and Jerusalem stone? Mike, May 21,  
R2: Dear Mike, travertine was formed around springs of mineral water. Travertine is porous because gas escaped from mineral water during its origin. Jerusalem limestone is marine limestone formed from skeletons and its parts in shallow seas. It is also porous but the pores are microscopic. Daniel, Slovakia
R1: Dear Mike: Travertine is travertine, and Jerusalem stone is Jerusalem limestone. If 
you can't tell them apart by just looking at them, what do you expect me to tell you? Maurizio, USA
A 980: I am trying to find out how the holes were made in the travertine marble. The type of marble that was used in the building of the RCA Building in New York. Someone once told me that it was made by worms traveling thru it. I am now a consultant to a company that is manufacturing counter tops. I opened my mouth with this worm statement, that was based on a 40 year old memory. Can you please help.? Howard, USA. May 5
R1: Dear Howard: I've heard many whoppers in my days, but this "worm thing" beats them all hands down!!
Travertine is a sedimentary rock, mostly made of Calcite (Calcium Carbonate), that was generated by the deposit of such mineral from hot water springs and streams pouring from them. The holes are generated either by the gasses trapped by the sediments (the vast majority), or by water plants that were trapped inside the formation and then decomposed. Worms?! They must have had some teeth, I'll tell you!!!! Cordially (don't feel bad, outside of my field I'm the stupidest of them all!!) Maurizio, USA