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Q 2329: Email me relevant information on Lochabriggs stone. Joe, July 29, Reply

R1: Dear Joe, LOCHARBRIGGS (not LOCHABRIGGS) SANDSTONE, Sandstone is characterized by red or pink colouring, and it is medium grained in texture, free of clay holes and other impurities. The stone is quarried from the outskirts of Dumfries in Scotland. It is a Permian Sandstone. Daniel, Slovakia

Q 2321: Have you heard of a granite called "marron castor"? I am unable to find any information about it. Thanks, Carol, July 28, Reply 

Brazil with brown (sometimes brown-reddish) color and almost homogenous structure. Daniel, Slovakia

Q 2314: I have purchased Uba Tuba tiles for a Kitchen Counter tops. Where does it come from, is it suitable for Counters? What's it's geologic information or history? July 27, Reply

R1: Dear Sir or Lady, UBATUBA is the Brazilian charnockite from end of the Proterozoic (about 600 million years). The charnockite is the special rock of granite or syenite composition in which there are feldspars,
quartz and pyroxenes. Daniel, Slovakia

Q 2271: We are currently renovating our kitchen. Our style is modern, our cabinets white hi-gloss acrylic. We want a stone countertop but neither of us like granite very much. I really like marble, especially the veined Calcutta Gold but understand that it isn't appropriate for a kitchen countertop. Can someone out there recommend either a veined granite (if it exists) or an engineered quartzite or any other stone with veining that is durable enough for a kitchen countertop? Ideally, I would love a white, beige, orange or blue kitchen countertop. Also, can you use sandstone or marble for a kitchen floor? We are looking to buy these products for a reasonable price in the Manhattan area. I've also been trying to find a large store where I can get a look at a wide variety of stone countertops in the tri-state area. Know of any? Many thanks, Ros, July 20, Reply

R1: There are two schools of thoughts about marble:
1) "All you can do with marble is just look at it. You can't touch it with anything!"
2) "My uncle Tony had a white marble worktop in his bakery and he was using and abusing that stone every day of the week and twice on Sundays. It looked good all the time!"
Now the $64 question is: Who's right?
Strangely, the answer is: Both!
It all depends from how each individual feels about the "looking good" expression. Neither Europe, Northern America (just to cite two of a long list of geographical areas) have very little stone culture, and the idea of most people from those areas about marble is that it has to be as shiny as possible and its surface totally unblemished. To the relative of Anthony the baker, their uncle worktop looked great because they grew up in an environment where the predominant perception is that the more a stone is beat-up, the better it looks!
Now, Ross, you have to decide in which school of thoughts you and the other members of your family belongs. If you belong to the former, stay away from marble (and any other calcite-based stones) -- Calicatta Gold, or what-have-you -- as much as possible. If you belong to the latter, then a "beautiful" hone-finished Calicatta Gold countertop (very low-hone, with no reflection whatsoever) is "your man". I can't decide for you.
About all the other stones you have in mind, I'm no interior decorator. Certainly you do NOT even want to look at sandstone!!

Q 2257: I would like a list of some stones and/or rocks that are porous, but would release oils over time. Thank you, Sherry, July 19, Reply

R2: I am a marble restoration professional who also has over twenty years of experience in the oil industry. I can say without fear of contradiction that most petroleum geologists spend their entire careers trying to answer this question. Very few are consistently successful. Sorry, but I doubt that there are any contributors to this site who can advise you on where to drill your next oil well. Good Luck, Mike, USA

R1: Dear Sherry: I don't know if this is because of the fact that English is not my original tongue, but, quite honestly, I have no idea of what you're talking about. Stone releasing oils over time??!! why Could you please elaborate for me? Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA

Q 2247: I've got a stone sample from a shop in the UK (though they're not around anymore) with the word 'Gaban' on it. I like the stone, but want to find out more about it. Where can I buy it? Any thoughts? An hour on the web has revealed nothing! July 16, Reply

R1: Dear sir or lady, The GABAN stone is a very strong, pale grey, fresh microcrystalline limestone with some variations in grain size notable by the presence of quartz and/or clay-bearing bands cutting through the material at a shallow angle to the bedding. It is product of stone quarries in England. Daniel, Slovakia 

Q 2241: Please inform if you do know anything about the following types or names of stone and marble, or are they fantasy names. In the past twenty years of my experience in this field I have seen many alternative names given to  natural stones. Could this be the same case? MEUCHATEL MARBLE, MARILU STONE, GREEN ROMINA MARBLE. I hope to receive any information that can be useful. Farah, UAE, July 15. Reply

R1: Dear Farah, I think MEUCHATEL is distortion from NEUCHATEL. Some limestones for building purposes were quarried near Neuchatel lake in Swiss. I have never heard of MARILU STONE or ROMINA MARBLE, only of MALIBU migmatite from India. Daniel, Slovakia 

Q 2230: What is pinola stone & therma stone? Janet, July 15, Contact

R1: Dear Janet, PINOLA STONE or Pine Stone comes from Georgia, USA. This probably calcareous sandstone has a white background with blends of caramel, purple, red, and blue all mixed throughout. This type for stone can be used as a stack stone, veneer, for patio, walkway flagstone, landscape stone, or for a water feature environment, and also for interiors. I have never heard of THERMA STONE. Therma floor is a gypsum under layment designed to pour over hot water tubes or electric heating cables. Daniel, Slovakia


A 2131: I have chosen a granite that the local supplier identifies as Verde Butterfly Canadian -- it doesn't have the white like "Verde Butterfly" - it has more yellow, plus there are some red stone chunks that look like garnet. 
It's a beautiful stone, but they may not have enough slab to do my entire kitchen and they probably will not be able to obtain more stone. The island is huge and I would prefer slab for that, and would be willing to compromise on back counters.
So, my questions are: 
Do you have any suggestions for a complementary surface if they can only do the island with the slab?
Do you have any suggestions on obtaining more of this stone, or how I could find out if anyone out there has tiles of the same stone (I would be willing to use granite tiles on the back countertops)?
I'm located in Boise, ID if you have any suggestions that would help me out, they would be greatly appreciated. Killee, June 28. Reply


A 2108: I am looking for Jersey "ironstone" and can not find on the internet. I believe it is a sandstone in the southern part of New Jersey, but can not find resources. Can you help? Paul, June 24. Reply


A 2099: I would like to know if there is a white granite without any beiges or greys (for a countertop). I live in New York City. Thank you. Lacas, June 21, Reply


A 2083: What is the crossover name for Mocha Juparana? June 19, Reply 

R1: I don't know for sure, but probably "Espresso" Juparana, or "Cappuccino" Juparana, or "Cafe-latte" Juparana ... take your pick! By the way, what's your name again? ... Mine is Maurizio and I despise anonymous. Ciao. Maurizio, USA, Expert Panelist


A 2061: Please help me with any information available of the stone called Valentino Semi Classico, it have any other name perhaps? Thank you, Gio, June 14, Reply

R1: Dear Gio: The only "Semi classico" I know of, is an Italian compact limestone (traded as marble, by the name of Botticino Semi Classico. If that's "your man", it's a beige colored stone, it's quite hard (for a marble) and quite dense, too. It doesn't take a polish uniformly (it shows several natural dead spots -- no crystallization, that is -- that will not polish), like its brethren Botticino Classico does. 
Should you wish, you can get my free maintenance guidelines for residential stone installation by hitting the link at the bottom of this page's left side bar. Treasure them; you'll be glad you did! Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA


A 2056: Please help me identify these stones: IMPERIAL GREEN, ALMOND MAUVE, GUADALUPE LIGHT, NEW BLUE, BAHIA GREEN AND RADO MEDIUM. Thank you. Au, June 13, Reply


A 2024: I have real jade pebbles. I sell it by tons ($475.00 USD to Los Angeles). I was wondering what is the (MOH) number hardness of it and would like to know if this is marketable. Also would like to know where I can find a geologist I can send a few samples to verify if it is a Nephrite or Jadeite. Scott, June 5. Reply


A 2017: I thought that Breccia Oniciatta was an Italian Marble, but I don't see it on the find a stone under the Italian stones. Where can I find a picture of it? Margaret, June 4. Reply

R1: Dear Margaret: I really don't know where you can find a picture of it, but I can tell you 
two things:
1. "Breccia Oniciata" is indeed an Italian stone traded as marble. 
2. Assuming that you can find a picture of it, it won't do you much good. 
There are so many variations between different batches of that stone, that even myself -- who've been dealing with that particular stone since puberty(!) -- have a problem recognizing it for what it is some times!
The best thing to do if you're interested in that particular stone, is to go to few dealers that carry it, examine what they have in stock (not just the display in their showrooms), and when you see the batch that you like, just grab it and buy plenty of spare tiles!
Should you wish, you can get my free maintenance guidelines for residential stone installation by hitting the link at the bottom of this page's left side bar. Treasure them; you'll be glad you did! Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA


A 1999: I recently bought this stone for a backyard patio. I was wondering if you could identify it and tell me where it comes from. I live in central Texas, I was told by one that it was Mexican and another it was from Oklahoma. I am attaching pictures. Thanks for the help! Eric, June 1, Reply

R2: Dear Eric, your samples are the most probably TEXAS CREAM LIMESTONE. Fossil of belemnite is probable on one bed surface. The limestone is probable of Cretaceous age. Daniel, Slovakia

R1: Hi Eric. Can't really be sure without actually seeing the stone, but it looks like one of the sandstones that come out of Arizona and Utah. I too am in central Texas, so you can contact me through this web site. JVC, USA 

A 1981: Recently, I went to a showroom to choose a granite countertop for my kitchen. 
Among the items present was a green granite from Brazil that was referred to as "Amazon" by the storeowner. Searching pictures on the world wide web, the only "Amazon" I can looks nothing like what I saw. In fact, I have seen no granite from Brazil (or Argentina, Portugal, Spain, or India) that has the look of what I saw. 
The polished granite slab that I saw appeared to be waves of medium green against a lighter green background. Pinkish dots were sprinkled in places. In appearance, the granite almost looked like mountains of dark green against a lighter background. I was told this granite was relatively new (at least to this importer).
Do you have any idea what granite I was looking at? The question is more than academic because I am trying to decide between Amazon granite and an UbaTuba--I know the Uba has good resistance to staining etc. and is a standard choice for countertop. I would like to find out more about the other choice before taking the plunge. Thanks for any help you can provide. 
I have searched the Internet exhaustively and looked at many green granites from Brazil; either the sample I saw was an oddball piece, or it just wasn't present on any of the many web sites I checked. Art, USA, May 28. Reply

R1: Dear Art: Never heard of "Amazon". The way you describe it sounds to me like "Verde  Lavras", but it has no pinkish dots. So I really don't know. Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA 

A 1964: I am a newcomer to this arena and I am thinking about buying a granite called Ocean fantasy for a kitchen countertop. I have been to different places and they are mostly gray with white swirls, with considerable variation. Can anyone tell me more about this granite for this use? Robert, May 25, Reply

R2: Dear Robert, OCEAN FANTASY is migmatite (granite gneiss) from Brazil. Such stone type is very changeable, but suitable for the countertop. Daniel, Slovakia


A 1898: Daniel, John, Maurizio, Greetings from a fellow geologist. We just installed a LOT of stunning Juparano Colombo (a remobilized orthogneiss in this case) in our house. Everyone is asking me where it is from- in the geological sense. My fabricator has no idea and what little I can find on the web indicates either Sri Lanka (unlikely), India or Brazil. Not much help there. Of course I know that whereever it came from- it spent some time at what looks to be maybe 6 to 8 kilobars with right lateral shear ;) Gentlemen- I welcome any info you can provide so that I can learn more about this stone- where is it being quarried today, etc.? Thank you, George, May 15. Reply

R2: Dear Geroge, JUPARANA COLOMBO migmatite was originally quarried in Sri-Lanka. Later similar material was found in India (Tamil Nadu, Thogaimalai) and this is now quarried. The rock was formed during the Proterozoic. Daniel, Slovakia,

R1: Dear George: Greetings back from Maurizio! By the way, where do you live and operate?
That said, the original Juparana Colombo was indeed from Sri-Lanka, but local political unrest lead to the shutting-down of the quarry. The "Juparanas" you can find today are coming either from India or from Brazil. They don't look exactly like the original one, but ... What can one do! Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA,


A 1843: Hi guys- I am a sculptor and a stone carver. Is there a dark or richly veined limestone that is even close in carvability to Indiana Limestone? Thanks- Dale,May 14.Reply


A 1824: Hi- I love the website- loaded with info... I am looking at purchasing granite kitchen countertops and am more confused then ever. How can you tell what is/isnt granite when the sales people are telling u it is granite??? I am looking at Florence Rose and Golden Viara(?). Thank you, Darlene, May 14.Reply

R2: Unfortunately you can't. Many people who sell stone counters wouldn't know what is granite and what is not. Simply stated true geological granites represent 2-3% of the stones used for counters. The granites were used first so most mercantile outlets used that designation to make things simple. Unfortunately again, it confuses rather than simplifies.
The Golden Vyara is a gneiss that is typically resined so it may do just fine in the kitchen. Use the absorption test (lemon juice test) to assess. The other I am not familiar with. That is the second problem there is not a true standardized naming process that appeals to everyone for one reason or another. Regards, Steven, USA,

A 1794: I have been given a sample of what was called silt stone it is caramel in colour. Extremely easy to carve and light in weight. I was also told that is might have been call "Maple Rock". Do you have any sources or any information about this stone.Robert, Canada, May 14.Reply


A 1779: I am a sculptor and a stone carver. Is there a dark or richly veined limestone that is even close in carvability to Indiana Limestone? Dale, May 5. Contact


A 1784: Could you please tell me the origin of two red granites one called " Noble Red " and the other " Balmoral Red " Mark, May 14. Reply

R2: Balmoral Red is coming from Finland. Jochen.

A 1783: I am trying to find the stones and the producer with the names: LENS, MASSANGIS JAUNE and CHAGNY FLAMME. Were can I see it, or get some more information about them? Thank you, Lulian, May 14. Reply

R1: These stones are from France. Jochen.


A 1765: A natural stone sometimes called "salt rock" which is cut into tiles or uniform slabs,
used at commercial buildings for floors sidewalks and occasionally pool decks. I need to know a lot more about it ,in particular, if it can be used in northern climates and in freeze and thaw conditions permanently outdoors. The stone is like a rough cut , white or off white travertine which is not filled, and is slip resistant. I've only seen it in southern Florida. It makes a beautiful pool deck. It is not a sprayed finish or paint. Ron, April 27. Reply


A 1741: I am trying to find a jade green granite without a lot of black. My appliances are stainless steel and my cabinets are Golden Oak. Is there a jade green granite with gold flecks and little to no black? I want to buy granite but am having trouble selecting the proper color. Please help. Mitchell, April 20. Reply

R1: There is a granite called Verde SK. It has practically no black spots and has shades of green graining similar to the Baltic Brown Available from us. Thomas, South Africa.


A 1713: Geological info on Juparano Colombo? Does anyone know the geological age, and actual location of the quarry so that I can search for geological research on the origin and history of this stone? George, April 16, Reply

R2: Juprana Colombo Quarry is located in Bangalore dist in the state of Karnataka in India. Nagesh, India.

R1: I think Daniel has answered this once before. The geological period is Neoproterozoic 
(1 – 0.55 Ga). It was originally quarried in Sri Lanka. It is a migmatite. There is a new  Colombo now and I forget where the new stuff comes from. Regards, Steven, USA,


A 1693: I am looking for a kind of "volcano stone" looking black Brown, probably coming from france. Could you help me in finding it and suggest me if there is some agent in Italy for this? I am also looking for a Marble dark brown without evident veins, could you suggest me something? Thanks, Marta, April 12. Reply 


A 1686: I am trying to find information on a granite slab called Australian Autumn Green. It is unusual in that it has large patches of predominately lime or spring green as well as other areas of dark greens, teals, browns oranges, and black. I have looked at many Web sites, but I have seen nothing like it. Could you direct me to a source of information, the appropriate name, and whether or not it is suitable for a kitchen counter. (I noticed that it looks as if a sealer was used in the polishing.) What is the light green rock? Also, I was wondering if decorative granite is checked for safe or no levels of radioactivity. JeJiv, 
April 10. Reply

R1: Dear JeJiv, I would say that the rock type you are describing is a coarsely porphyritic granite that is traditionally called Mulroy or Namban green. It comes from Western Australia about 200km north of Perth. It is a very hard granite - difficult to cut and quite abrasive. It is about 2,600 million years old and sits on the Darling Fault. Many episodes of hydrothermal activity from adjacent granitic and doleritic intrusives have produced the strange range of colours that characterize this rock type. Because this fault has been active for a long time the granite has been deformed (brittly) and then rehealed, hence the black lines (of chlorite) and the veinlets of sulphide. As for radioactivity, there is little cause for concern unless you intend to have a floor and walls of thick granite in a big basement with little air circulation. Much has been said about radon emissions and granite and the conclusion is that the principal source of radon is the rock on which your house is built. It is quite suitable for a kitchen top but you might have some trouble getting hold of some. (Dr. Hans), Australia,


A 1681: I  would like to know about MEERSCHAUM. Thanks, Seyit, Turkey, April 9. Reply


A 1677: Hi, I need information on a stone or gem, not sure which it is. The name is called Gomedak and it originates in Sri Lanka, a brownish color. I'm looking for it in the US but no one knows it, maybe it has another name here? Please help if you can, Thank you in advance. Mariza. April 9. Reply 


A 1667: Help! I have a slight color mismatch on my new fireplace and am looking for suggestions. I have Appalachian Gray stone veneer on my new fireplace with a Pennsylvania Blue stone hearth. Unfortunately, the hearth looks out of place (too blue) compared to the grays and tans/yellows of the other stones. I was planning on using a grout the same or near color of the hearth to tie the colors in but can not find the right shade. Anyone know a good retail source for grout dyes. I am also concerned that the result will be undesirable but want to give it a shot. Any suggestions on "turning" the color of the blue stone a little more gray would be appreciated. Otherwise, I have to remove this 280-pound stone. Chisels Ready. April 8. Reply 


A 1661: I'm interested in a stone called Oyster White. It is primarily white with dark purple veining. The oyster white I see today has some yellow in it. I want to match my existing tile without any yellow in the stone. The size is 18x18. Ron, April 6. Reply


A 1629: I have recently been informed that the Giallo Cabaca or Capaca (spelling?) granite I am trying to find is of Italian rather than Brazilian origin. Is anyone familiar with a granite from Italy known as Giallo Cabaca or Capaca? The sample I have obtained from my local supplier is a predominately olive/sage green background with terra cotta/taupe flakes. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Cunthia, April 1. Reply

R1: Dear Cunthia, I found GIALLO CABACA or AMARELO CABACA offered by the US companies, probably granite from Brasil, because Cabaca is Brasilian word. Daniel, Slovakia


A 1610: Could you please tell me the history of Pakistani Marbles? How old they are? When they haven first recovered in Pakistan and in which part? Regards, J Green. March 28. Reply


A 1573: We have a difficulty on identfying a kind of travertine...Some people says that it is trabeige! (We do not know what is trabeige). The followings is the specification of the travertine. 
3 Moh's----54,33 
Shore Hardness Index----2,6gr/cm3 
Unit volume weight----2,64gr/cm3 
Specific gravity----%61 
Water abs.---- 1,59% 
Virtual porosity---- 1,52% 
Max. bending strength----816,52kg/cm2 
Uniaxial Compressive Strength after freezing----5,2 kgf.cm/cm3 
impact test----29,44cm3/50cm2 
Abrasion strength by friction----2,57x10(-6) 
Coefficient of thermal expansion1/'C----------- 
Chemicals % ::: 0,50
Ignition Loss
What is the correct rock type and commercial name of this product...And what is advantages / disadvantages of the product... Thanks Gungor. March 21. Reply


A 1554: Would like to know the origin of Maple Leaf Red or Orange from Canada. Thank you, Jaques. March 19. Reply 


A 1537: I am working on a bath and shower for a German customer. We are having a slight problem with one of our stones. It is called Azul Celeste and I would like you to help me determine its origin, characteristics (Marble or Granite???) and its estimated price. We have a crooked sales man here from Italy and need some amunition to fix a settlement. Sonja. March 14. Reply

A 1536: I am a geologist and would be grateful to receive details relating to the ornamental stone Verde Marinachi. Micheal, UK. March 13. Reply 


A 1533: Is there any granite called Oriental White or is it just a made up trade name? If there is such a stone, where does it come from? Olof. Curious Swede. March 13. Reply


A 1511: Looking for Pompeii Cream Limestone but can't seem to find someone who knows anything about it (except our customer who initiated this inquiry in the first place). Could this be known by another name? Can someone direct me to a possible source? Thanks. Gene. March 9. Reply


A1498: Hi, My daughter is involved in a geology scavenger hunt with her 9th grade class. We have really found many of the items, but the one we are totally at a loss about is an item the teacher calls "mill stone". He said it can be found in gravel parking lots. I can find no mention of mill glass anywhere. Can you help us? Thank you. Sharon, USA, March 7, Reply

R4: Hi Sharon: I use Mill Stone on a regular basis. It is coarse sandstone from the millstone grit series. I assume it is the same in the US as geological terms are pretty much international. All the answers are correct also. I don't know what came first - the name for the stone or it's use in grinding mills. Bryan UK.

R3: In the UK, we have a type of sandstone that is referred to as Millstone grit, The particles that make up the stone are often random in size and angular. In fact, it is very suitable as a grinding stone or perhaps a mill stone?? You will need to look in a sandstone area & not a parking lot. Roy. UK 

R2: Mill stone is a block of stone which is chiseled round in a radius of 1' feet and the height is about 4". it has a hole in the center. It was used in a hand operated machine for grinding wheat. Harsha, India.

R1: Mill stone-glass is the big daddy. All stone originates from mill stone. The quotes in mill stone was formed in the BIG BANG. The beginning of everything. Regards John, UK. 


A 1484: I am looking for a material that has been called Palomar or something similar. Dark gray! It comes from Spain, Portugal or Lebanon. Do you know of such a material? Panduro, Italy, Feb 28. Reply

R1: Dear Panduro, Paloma (English - dove) or Saint Anne is gray limestone, or better carbonate breccia from France. Daniel, Slovakia


A 1480: Where does Marinachi Green (or Verde Marinachi) granite come from and when was it formed? My dealer says Brazil and your chart says Australia. Who is telling the truth? Or does anybody know? I'm using this process as an example to my students on how effective the internet is as a research tool. Am eagerly awaiting your response. Thanks! Bob, USA, Feb 28. Reply

R2: Dear Bob, I was checking the information in FINDSTONE, and we would like to offer you all information that you need regarding our GREEN MARINACE. I am a trade company of GREEN MARINACE in Brazil. The quarry location is exactly in the state of Bahia. Please check the attached photos. Do no hesitate to contact us if you need some additional information. Best regards, MARCIO. Brazil.

R1: Dear Bob, Marinace is by its appearance very peculiar rock. It is metaconglomerate of Precambrian age from Brasil, state of Bahia composed of quartz / feldspathic pebbles. Slovakia,


A 1477: I would like to know the origin (which part of Spain?) of a granite called Azubel from Spain. Azubel, Argentina. Feb 27. Reply


A 1456: I have been told that there are several different qualities of "crema marfil". If so, what are they, where does the best stone come from and how do I contact the quarry? Thank you, Gregg, Feb 19. Reply

R2: We have just finished cutting and installing a large bathroom in Crema Marfil so we have got to know it a bit better. Like most stones there are different grades but I am unaware of any distinct classifications. Generally in this marble the more veins it is the easier it will break. Unlike some marbles the minerals in the veins appear to be formed after metamorphism and in the case of this marble are sometimes very weak. A clue to be found on the rear of marble which have low vein strength is that there is often a matrix of fibre glass, jute or the likes, glued on to the back to keep it intact during handling. So you take your pick, ease of use or appearance. On the plus side, if installed correctly, once it is in place these loose veins appear to present no problem and it's appearance can outweigh problems of installation. It also scratches quite easily but they polish out easily. It is quarried in Spain and most wholesalers in Europe stock it and I presume but presume only that many in the US would also. Bryan, UK, Reply

R1: Greg, I don't think you just contact the quarry. Try working with the dealers in your area first. If your project is large enough to warrant, take a trip to Italy.
Regards, Steven, USA


A 1441: Jim, I am an importer of marble, granite and travertine slabs and tiles. Would you happen to have any information on the name of the quarry or any exporters you would recommend to import granite and marble from. The stone I am searching for in particular is called Verde Fire or Harlequin Stone. I believe another name for this stone is called Verde Fuoco. Any information you could possibly give me would be greatly appreciated. I thank you for all of your time and efforts. Feb 13. Reply

R1: It sounds like you are looking for a stone that came on to the market relatively recently. It is sold in Australia as Harlequin; very hard, stunning black pink and orange, in swirls, shot with green. R McI, Australia, Reply


A 1434: I have an old granite sample in my sample library labeled "Imperador--Sweden" I haven't had any luck in finding this stone. It has the general coloration of "Barap (leu)," listed on the FindStone site as a Swedish stone, but its graining seems to be different: more wavy, with alternating hazy streaks of pink and gray. Can somebody help identify this? Jay. Feb 12. Reply

R1: Dear Jay, I did not hear of the stone. Imperador is Portuguese word, maybe correct name is Imperator. The gneiss as you described is quarried near Halmstad in Sweden. There are many varieties and commercial names of the stone. Maybe one of them is Imperator. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


A 1407: I'm in the process of purchasing marble/travertine for my bathroom. I have seen the tiles I would like buy. In one shop they called a terracotta tile Rosa Verona and a cream tile Botticino. I have also seen similar tiles in another shop they called the red tile Rosa Alicante. The business where I have placed the order (I have purchased from them in the past) call the tiles Rosa Travertine and Cream Travertine. Could you please give me your views on the names they have given each tile, and if they are all names for the same tiles, they all look very similar. I would describe the tile as a mixture of different shades of terracotta in colour with circular patterns (like stones compressed against each other) one tile had white markings). Barry, Feb 6. Reply

R2: Dear Barry: Rosso Verona is an Italian compact limestone (traded as marble). Rojo Alicante is a Spanish compact limestone (again, traded as marble. All compact limestone are). There are visual differences between the two stones, the most noticeable of which is the fact that Rojo Alicante shows some white veining, while the Italian stone does not. Travertine is travertine, period. Which means that is not a marble, and it's not a limestone. From a physical and chemical point of view it is very similar to compact limestone (plus the holes!). What makes it different from marble is that it's not a metamorphic limestone. What makes it different from compact limestone is the way it was formed. Ciao and good luck, 
Maurizio, USA

R1: No. The names are not the same. You want Rosso Verona not Rojo Alicante. As for the cream color it sounds like the botticino could be Botticino Semi Classico. Regards, Steven. USA Reply


A 1395: I am an interior designer from Australia, who has moved to the UK. I am interested in finding contact details for a company I heard of before I left Australia. I'm sure their name or product is called Progrind- it is an in-situ process for installing reconstituted stone. I can't seem to locate them doing web searches- can anyone point me in the right direction. Thanks, Anne, Feb 1. Reply

R3: I have heard of the product Progrind. I think the material is an epoxy based grout which is used in fixing agglomerated stone. We can use a solvent less epoxy and mix it with quartz / sand in 1:6 ratio and use it. The consistency can be changed by varying the quantity of the
filler. This is the nearest to Progrind. Another alternative is a polymer modified ready made grouting powder, which is mixed with water and the slurry used for grouting. This is also equally good. If you require any further details on availability of either of the products, please contact me through this site. Regards Arun, India Reply

R2: Dear Anne, One mob who does this is in Australia is called Granite Transformations. What's wrong with the real McKoy? There is little price difference and real granite is superior in so many ways. Hans, Australia, Reply

R1: Hi Anne! Consider your self lucky you cannot find Progrind, if they produce reconstituted stone. Go for the real thing. John, USA Reply


A 1377: I stumbled across your website while trying to find pictures of serpentine and serpentinite. I found some material at the Morgantown Mine spoils dump in Morgantown, Pa that has me pretty well stumped. I found some large rocks (10-15 lbs) that had dark green bands running through them indicating there might be something inside. Some had lime green/yellow bands. I brought some home and broke them open with hammer and was surprised at what I found. The best specimen had a large green mass inside. I put that in my rock saw and came away with a chunk of rock that is dark olive green in color with roughly parallel wavy white lines. There are also red spots that make the rock appear to be bleeding. It has a slightly greasy feel to it.
I know that serpentine is found there at the spoils and I have found stuff that matches what I have read about it. So I am stumped. Oh ... I did get another fine slab of what I think is the same material but it is dark gray and looks like marble.
Attached a picture of the green material in case anyone wants to see it. Thanks, Paul, Jan 28. Reply

R1: Dear Paul, near Morgantown there are the mine of magnetite skarns with some content of Cu. Skarn is rock formed in contact of diabase and limestones. In your samples various minerals can be visible: diopside, phlogopite and garnet followed by actinolite, chlorite, talc,
serpentine, pyrite, chalcopyrite and abundant magnetite. Daniel, Slovakia Reply


A 1374: Are Giallo California and California Sunrise the same Brazilian granite? Bruce. Jan 25. Reply

R2: Dear Bruce, it seems to be the same stone after rock type (migmatite), its color and structure. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply

R1: I have seen this particular stone called both. It is a very absorptive stone. Test it for your  application. Regards, Steven, USA Reply


A 1368: I am interested in finding a picture of Caledonia. Do you recognize the name and is it called by another name? Also, where does it come from and is it in your FindStone display? I had a sample from 2 years ago, and it currently is about 3 shades lighter than the old sample at our area quarries. We get our granite from the Tulsa/Dallas area. Do you know of anyone who has granite from 2 years ago? I am just an individual remodeling a bathroom. Thanks. Karen, Jan 24, Reply

R1: Dear Karen, CALEDONIA is granite from Canada, Quebec. In FindStone there is very similar NARA BROWN from the same locality. Other names of the locality: CALEDONIA NARA or NARA. Daniel, Slovakia Reply


A 1370: I'm trying to find Terra cotta in color and sandstone in texture, I bought it bagged in 1" to 2" pieces and it was given the name, Pink Soap Stone. The quarries in Ontario, Canada are not offering this stone, so where else could I obtain it? Thank you. Roma. Jan 24. Reply

R2: I quarry a terra cotta color of very hard red sandstone out of Heber, Utah, USA that we only grade down to a 3" minus. Or I have a Sandstone that is very light red/dark pink from Southern Nevada. There are also many marbles and decomposed granites from that area that match your color spec. but not texture. Toby, USA. 

R1: We can arrange the supply of 1" or 2" sandstone. We are currently supervising a similar job. Photos of the same are enclosed. Regards Arun, India Reply  

Thank you for your reply. What I was looking for however, is in rough pieces. From what I can make of the picture, I believe this is the same stone but I am so used to seeing it in chunks. Would these pieces be leftovers from a project like the one you are doing? Roma, Reply


A 1357: Hi folks!. Where does Marinachi Green Granite come from? I have heard both from Australia and from Brazil. What region and does anyone know how it was formed? Also source for purchase of a slab. Thanks so much! Bob, Jan 21. Reply

R1: Dear Bob, Marinace is by its appearance very peculiar rock. It is metaconglomerate of Precambrian age from Brazil, state of Bahia composed of quartz / feldspathic pebbles. Daniel, Slovakia Reply 


A 1355: I was in China and saw a stone called serpentine or false jade.  I am looking for a source for highly polished thin pieces to make into tops for wooden boxes.  I have been on the web for two days and found next to nothing. Can you give me a little direction for a source in China or anywhere else? Wayne, Jan 21. Reply

R2: There is a product that is called empress dark green which is classified as serpentine. 
Gene, USA, Reply 

R1: Dear Wayne, one of false jade is new jade or serpentine jade or Korean (Suzhou) jade. It is from bowenite - one type of serpentine mineral. It comes from Korea, Afganistan, China, USA - Rhode Island, New Zealand. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


A 1328: I’m interested in matching a table top I bought from Smith and Hawkins. They called the stone Greystone. It is quarried in Tuscany and is medium grey. I have seen the name as greystone or pietra granite. I can't seem to find it anywhere. Any help would be appreciated. I am located in Southern California and am looking for someone who can actually identify the stone and perhaps has some on the lot. Thanks. Cathy. Jan 15. Reply

R2: There are two gray stones, Pietra Grigo which translated means Gray Stone. There is also Basaltina which is a medium gray. There are several showrooms in California, talk to the slab gurus. Wendy, USA, Reply


R1: Dear Cathy, I think there is sandstone PIETRA SERENA, maybe PIETRA FORTE. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


A 1321: I would very much appreciate your thoughts on whether or not Violetta da Brescia marble --or marble that looks like this (with purplish veining) ever is found in the southeastern region of Pennsylvania. I am trying to determine the origin of a slab on an 18th century American table. Thank you very much --in advance-- for any help that you can give me. Sincerely yours, Leigh, Jan 14, Reply


A 1322: I am looking for a granite or marble (not sure which type of stone) called VERDE AQUAMARINA. It has veining that is mint green, white, tan and some gray..... Do you know what type of stone, country origin and who may have it??? Thanks. Penny, Jan 14. Reply

R1: Dear Penny, VERDE ACQUAMARINA (AQUAMARINA) is migmatite (granite gneiss) from Brasil / Minas Gerais. Similar stone: VERDE SAN FRANCISCO. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


A 1311: I am interested in Madison Granite in USA 3 section in the Stone Album. Any way to find out about this piece of stone ? Jan 9. Reply

R1: The granite is mixture of coral (feldspars), grey (quartz) and black color (mica). Daniel, Slovakia Reply


A 1299: We are seeking a particular type of ceramic floor tile to match some we had laid a few years ago. We have forgotten the manufacturer.... thought to be an Italian company. The name of the tile is "Bianco Calcatta", size 33 x 33. Please can you advise who the manufacturer was and where we might locate a supplier. Steve, Australia, Jan 5. Reply

R1: Dear Steve, I think it is ceramic tile CALACATTA BIANCO manufactured by Impronta in Italy. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


A 1293: What is the trade definition of "Polished"? 2.What is the difference between "Buffed" and "Polished"? Thank you! Lise, USA, Jan 1, Reply


R2: 1) Polished- The end result in stone is the full range of color is seen in the stone. The surface will have a glossy appearance. The process is friction. Typically diamonds or silica carbide and pressure. 2) Buffed- Brings to mind the process used to apply a sealer like a wax. Applying a coating on top of a surface. The difference between the two is polishing is using friction to achieve a look. Buffing is applying a substance to achieve a look. Best regards, Steven, USA Reply


R1: Dear Lise: The definition of polished can be summarized as follows: A fine grinding action designed to smooth the surface of the stone to the point of producing a deep gloss. I honestly don't know the difference between polished and buffed. I just don't know what the latter means. What I do know is that stone can't be buffed. In fact, nobody buffs, say, a floor. One buffs the wax (or whatever else topical finish) that was applied onto the floor. There's no finish onto stone that one can buff, unless, of course, one applies one. But it takes specialty finishes, and special equipment and skills to do that. What's more, such a procedure is only meant to preserve the gloss of the polished stone, never to make it. I hope I answered your question the way it was meant. Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA Reply


A 1294: I'm looking for suggestions on slate for a kitchen floor that will look good with a blue pearl granite countertop. Prefer multicolor with a lot of blue content, but not silver-blue or grey-blue. Would rather have gauged, fairly smooth cleavage. May also be used for backsplashes. Ira, Jan 1. Reply

R5: Silver Blue, from Africa is the Best Slate. Lokesh, USA, Reply


R4: The only slate I would entertain is Mazista out of Africa. It's the highest quality and you'll find a black with a blueish tinge to it, slight to nil cleavage and even thickness for laying. If you need some details my office should be able to supply their details. Libi, Australia, Reply


R3: Multi colored Craborchard flagstone might work very well, though it may be too blue-gray. I can supply pictures if you are interested. Randy, USA, Reply


R2: Sounds Like a either a Brazilian "Multicolor" or Indian "Copper". Best regards Steven, USA Reply 

R1: Dear Ira: I'm no decorator, therefore I will not get into the spirit of your question. As a mechanic, however, I feel compelled to tell you that I don't think you want any slate on your kitchen floor. I know I wouldn't! Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA Reply  

A 1273 B: I was recently at a display of countertop slabs and I saw some slabs with impressive red, pink, and brown large and small inclusions in a green background, as if it were a metamorphosed sedimentary rock with pebbles and stones embedded. The staff named it Gaugain, or something like that (perhaps after Gaugain, the painter?). Anyone know where it is from and what is its geological history and how much a slab should cost per square foot? Benjamin, USA, Dec 20. Reply

R3: Yes we have the material and its from Brazil contact us. Tinku. Reply 

R2: Dear Benjamin, There are conglomerate or metaconglomerate probably from Brazil with name VERDE GAUGUIN or GAUGUIN GRANITE. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply 

R1: I answered my own question with a web search under "conglomerate and boulders and green"- and found the following by chance: The "Gaugain" is actually "Gowganda" from Canada- very interesting geology!
Middle Precambrian, Huronian Supergroup 2200 - 2450 million years ago Gowganda Conglomerate, Elliot Lake. The Gowganda Conglomerate is a very striking material. Generally it consists of rounded boulders and pebbles of pink granite and other rocks in a fine grained grey mud. The rock has a uniform hardness. breaking across the boulders and grey mud evenly. Geologists think that the Gowganda Conglomerate is a TILLITE, formed by glaciation during the middle Precambrian. In some areas dropped stones are found finely layered ( varved ) clays . This is the evidence for thinking that icebergs dropped the stones into the mud. Sometimes pieces of Gowganda Conglomerate can be found in gravel pits and at beaches along Lake Huron and throughout southern Ontario. This material was collected by glacial ice in the area illustrated during the Pleistocene Epoch, and transported to the south. Benjamin,

Daniel! how would I tell the Gaugain conglomerate from Brazil vs. this conglomerate called "Gowganda" from Canada? tricky ID question.....Benjamin Reply 

Dear Benjamin, Gowganda conglomerate is probably of a glacial origin from Early Proterozoic. This is not  dimension (natural) stone as I realized. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply 

A 1268: I like English Teak. Is this product available in a slab form? How does it compare to Dakota Mahogany? Dec 16. Reply

R1: Dear Tim: I honestly don't know much about English Teak, but, if like you say, it's a sandstone, how can you possibly compare it to Dakota Mahogany? Ciao, Maurizio, USA Reply

A 1253: Hi friends, could you help me finding a Druse in Rutilated quartz? Thanks in advance. Dave, Dec 11. Reply

R2: Dear Dave, rutilated quartz are pure quartz crystals with very thin rutile crystals inside. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


R1: Druse are tiny crystals that line a rock cavity. Typically with the same minerals that are in the rock. I am sorry that I don't understand rutilated. Best regards, Steven, USA Reply


A 1243: The Kentucky State Capitol Building,  built in 1904-1909. They have a red marble which I am to trying to locate the origins of and have looked at every sight I can find. I have not yet found the exact match. Any suggestions? Linda, USA, Dec 6. Reply

R3: Dear Linda, if it is local stone, it is probably limestone of Paleozoic age. Please, send image (s) and then it will be possible to identify the stone. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply  

R2: Hello Linda! What do your red marble look like? Is it just red or is it red with cream veins etc...? Atkin, USA Expert Panelist, Reply  

R1: Linda, finding that elusive exact match may prove impossible, unless you can access some of the original building specs. Somewhere in the contracts, the source of the marble should be specified. But even then, chances are that the quarry has not produced stone in a very long time. Here in Texas, two very old quarries have been reopened on a very limited bases to provide stone for court house restorations, and I might add, it was a difficult task. Not being familiar with the geology of Kentucky, I can't say that a red marble was ever produced there, but I do know that a red or pink marble is produced in your neighboring state of Tennessee. That might be the source. But then again, the source may be in Europe. Have a good marble and granite fabricator (one who has access to a lot of stone) and get their opinion. Be prepared to send off small samples of the stone if at all possible to get an identification. But most of all, don't give up. Someone will know the stone, and where to get it. Good luck, JVC, USA Reply  

A 1232: You helped a subscriber with some expressions of Stone Business. The message encouraged me to consult with you on crucial problem one faces in marketing for Natural Stones. How can we equalize the stone commercial names used in your messages with the stones we have in our warehouses? Words ( names ) like Bianco Gioia, San Mateo Lime Stone, Vizag Blue, Juparanas, and ... so on. We are losing many occasions for not being able to compare these unscientific names with the stones we may have available to meet the inquires.
Would you please help us to find the solution? Nov 30. Reply

R3: One problem is every supplier changes the name to protect his source. That way no one knows where the stone came from. Randy, USA, Reply  

R2: You can't. There are too many channels of distribution without any central body assigning names. Amusingly, some products are not even granite. Regretfully, Steven, USA Reply  

R1: Your request reflects a deep concern that is highly commendable. It is also, alas, as rare as an albino fly! On the other hand, it (your concern) is totally hopeless, because it's not "politically correct". The current establishment of the stone industry World-Wide is much against the disclosing of the different classifications of stones. For the "sake" of the industry, they want "to keep things simple", so that any idiot with a freshly printed business card can get involved in the stone business. In other words, they're trying to condense in a telegram format a whole science, namely petrography. Even if I did help you with a more scientific classification of the different stones that you have in your warehouse, my input would be totally unofficial, therefore toothless, and, therefore again, a total waste of time. Although based on scientific grounds, it would only represent my opinion. Is there anything that can be done about it? I do believe so. How to go about it is a different story, however I do know that it can't be expected from the recognized industry's authorities, unless the federal government kicks in a force them to. Long ago I reached the conclusion that the action must be  taken from without the industry's establishment and, somehow, eventually forced upon them. At that time I also reached the conclusion that I could not do it by myself. But then was then, and now is now. If something is ever bound to happen, we must all thank to site's like this one that represent the stone industry in real-life terms, through these open forums. Guys like me, by volunteering their time and expertise, have been having the opportunity to voice their opinions, by answering to all the gripes and disappointments of real stone end users, who've been literally victimized by the offspring of the general "politically correct" ignorance dominating the industry. Our answers and comments gave us more exposure than the "politicians" running the show ever hoped for. We're just at the beginning of a crusade that's way overdue, but I have the funny feeling that
someone is already getting a little uncomfortable. I do have what could be called a master-plan, and I also know that I can already count on the support of topnotch stone scientists and professionals. But I need more help. I need all the help that I can muster, and then some! And by "I", I really don't mean just myself. I mean all the true professionals out there who are sick and tired to have to compete with a bunch of quacks, just because the industry is unwilling to set any standard. I consider this as an open invitation to all the guys who participate to his forum: Let us all join forces and do something about it. There are ways, and I believe I know them. It will take time, years, but, if we're really determined to see it through, together we can do it.
Please do correspond with me, either directly or through this web-page. We can really help each other out for the benefit of our beloved industry. Ciao everybody, Maurizio, USA Reply


Dear Maurizio: I wanted to congratulate you on your response in reference to the question to Stone Names. I have been involved in the research &development for stone/masonry &fine surface care for 27years. Your comment about anyone with a freshly printed business card is automatically in business really struck home. Suddenly in the most recent publication of the local yellow pages of our office in Calif. all the janitors and carpet cleaners are now advertising 25years of experience in our trade. I share all of your sentiments and pledge to stand with any colleague who wants to always learn more and share only time tested truths!! Perhaps at47years I will pursue my original calling as a musician or advertise as a brain surgeon. Kim, Dec 21. Reply


A 1222: Rosa Limbara Granite - What country is this stone from? Thanks, Fran. Nov 26. Reply

R1: Dear Fran, Rosa Limbara is from Sardinia, Italy. Daniel. Slovakia, Reply


A 1218: I'd like to know if Verde Alphie is granite or marble stone ? Is it from Italy or somewhere else? Thanks. Regards, James. Nov 26. Reply

R1: Dear James: "Verde Alpi" (this is what I believe you meant) is an Italian green marble. Technically is an ophicalcite. Ciao, Maurizio, USA Reply

A 1213: I have seen many installations (living room/dining room floors) of 'Pierre Bleue' (which I believe is also called 'Petit Granite') but have been unable thus far to find out the type of bonding and finish must suitable for Pierre Bleue
Also, I have a question regarding 'Gres Espagnol' - how is that bonded and finished - what type of stone is it - I have checked in books, on the Internet, ... and it doesn't seem to exist - I've been in contact with the architects for both of the above installations and following many faxes, phone calls, etc. I'm still unable to get an answer from them. Can you please, please, please help me also or point me in the right direction on the web. Many thanks for your time. Martina - Belgium, Nov 24. Reply
R1: Dear Martina: I've never heard of any of those two "all too important stones". Nor I honestly care to: their names are scary enough to me, and I have the gnawing feeling that they kinda spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E. But if you're a stone dealer or an interior decorator of sorts you don't care about that. As far as the bonding (setting) material is concerned, I would ask the guys who sell them. Finally, about the "finish" thing, once again, I have no idea what you are talking about. Stone tiles are typically finished in the factory to either a high gloss, or to a hone finish, or flamed, etc. Ask the distributor what's available, have him / her show you samples, then make your decision. Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA
A 1211: A statue of Father Duffy stands in Times Square. It is made from green granite from an old quarry (1930's) on my land. The artist's last name was Keck. I am looking for any information regarding this statue, or how this rock was discovered in Northern Minnesota. Dan & Mary. Nov 22. Reply


A 1208: What a fantastic and informative website! I never realized just how many types of marble there are around the world. I am looking for Crema Marfil marble. I assumed it was Spanish but it is not listed under Spain on your website. I would like to receive any information you may have on Creama Marfils (the difference between Spanish / Italian? Iranian creama marfil, etc and how to different it between the qualities and prices of the varieties of Crema Marfil. Thank you for your assistance, Nov 21. Reply

R3: Hi, The best Crema Marfil is the one with less veins, or the one you like. I  personally prefer the one from Turkey. Pini, USA Reply


R2: I only classify two Cream of Marfils. One from Spain & one from Turkey. Visually there is a difference between these 2 products. I have not studied the petrography of the two stones to give you more information. Best regards, Steven, USA Reply 


R1: "Crema Marfil" is indeed compact limestone which is quarried in Spain. I comes in voluntary grading (in other words, to the good heart of the quarrier) dubbed "Commercial", "Select", and something else that I don't remember. It doesn't matter much, anyway, because the dealer has no legal obligation what-so-ever to disclose such (unofficial) grading to you. There's no difference between the Spanish, and Italian, and Iranian "Cream Marfil", because there are no other "Cream Marfil" but the one coming from Spain. I don't know about the Iranian one, but if you stumble upon a slab of "Cream Marfil" with the brand "Made in Italy" on it, it only means that some Italian stone processing plant bought blocks of the stone from Spain and processed in Italy. Ciao, Maurizio, USA Reply


A 1206: Could you please help me locate a source for Puddingstone, aka Roxbury conglomerate? It's found in Roxbury, MA. One beautiful specimen is at the Boston Science Museum. Thank you! Megan, USA, Reply

R1: Dear Megan, puddingstone is conglomerate formed in the retreat of the glaciers through the ice age. Roxbury Puddingstone is a polymictic conglomerate having a felspathic sandstone matrix. It is found in and 
around the Hub (Boston) and in many localities in USA and Canada. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


A 1205: Am rebuilding a church altar and need to locate one of the marbles used. Realize, in all probability, is not in existence anymore, however....The marble is an opaque white with strong rose veining, on the order of statuary white. It looks like a French marble, but we really have no clue. Can you help? Looking forward to your response, Richard, USA, Nov 21. Reply

R2: Richard, Start in your own backyard. There are a couple of whites in Alabama that have some of the general characteristics you describe. Best regards, Steven, USA, Contact


R1: Dear Richard: I have no clue, either. Try to see if some local stone distributor carries an Italian marble dubbed "Calicatta Carrara Gold" and see how you like it. Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA, Contact


A 1187: I would like to know if anyone (except my brother) has ever heard of pecan stone.  He had a fireplace made out of it in Framingham, Mass and advised me to get it.  I can't find anyone who knows what it is. As he no longer lives in that house, I can't even get a picture of it.  Thanks for any help you can provide. Nov 13, Reply


A 1186: What is Blue Pacific granite? Cannot find any information about it.  Any ideas? Nov 13. Reply

R1: This could be Blue Crystal or Koala Blue from Australia.  If you can describe its features, I could confirm if this is so. Hans, Australia Reply 


A 1177: Could you please help me. I am trying to find a stone called Bross Blue. Is this the same as Dynamic Blue? It appears to be very similar. Chris, Nov 10. Reply

R2: Dear Sirs, Please be informed that the material Bross Blue is from Brazil. Best regards, Geert, Australia, Reply


R1: Bross blue is from Scandinavian countries and Dynamic blue from India. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


A 1175: I understand someone is importing slabs of volcanic rock from France for counter tops. Can you give me any info., description, source etc. Thank you, Phylis, Nov 10. Reply


A 1167: I am looking for the area of the United States that "Green Apache Cloud" originates from. Do you know where I would find information or a location on it? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Kory. Nov 7. Reply

A 1153: I work as a chief engineer at a historic London town house called Home House. The house was built in 1776 by the famous architect Robert Adam, during the twenties a magnificent marble bathroom was built using, as we first thought, a beautiful pinkish marble on the walls and in the shower area. As time went on and the hardness of London water taking it's toll, there have appeared not only the widening of fissures but severe corrosion to the lower panels in the shower areas. We have had a number of marble specialists to look at this problem and they have all said that it is not marble, that in fact it is ENGLISH ALABASTER. As this is not mined anymore we have limited options as to what to do. English Heritage have agreed that we can get a near replacement in a marble. What we need is your advice as to what type of marble would be a good replacement. We have three choices, either match it with the English Alabaster or match it with the border marble which is an antique Brecce Bernice type (this has proved impossible to obtain), or finally match it to the floor marble that resembles a Crema Delicato. This has now became a matter of great importance to get this bathroom repaired as we have had no operational shower for nearly a year due to water leaking through the alabaster wall into the rooms below. Please help if you can. Hopefully yours. Jason, UK, Oct. 25. Reply

R4: Dear Jason, If you are looking for alabaster, you could found it in Spain. Good luck, Francis, France, Reply

Dear Jason. The easy way is to send a photo of the bath to me. I was working as a specialist to find similar material for closed quarries. Fahrenkrog, Germany,


R2: I read your request. Breccia Pernice is not impossible to obtain. Quarries are still open, even if their production is limited. We regularly sell slabs and tiles to large importers in USA. If you need quotations on Breccia Pernice, please contact us. Leo, Italy, Reply


R1: Dear Jason, I do not know shade of the alabaster, but I can recommend you CREMA DELICATO, WHITE OF DIONISSOS-PENTELI (PENTHELIKON)- one type with fine yellowish streaks, maybe CALACATTA ORO, some light pinkish Portugalian marbles ROSA PORTOGALLO, ESTREMOZ, ROSA AURORA. I can also recommend you Greek dolomitic marble WHITE OF VOLAKAS with brownish streaks. Dolomitic marbles are more resistant to aggresive water. BRECCIA PERNICE is not good replacement. With regards Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


A 1151: We are trying to find a Texas Limestone and are having some difficulties. Could you tell me if there is such a limestone? Where in south Florida (Palm Beach area) it is available? If possible a little info on this material. Richie, USA, Oct 23. Reply

R2: Richie. As a stone carver working in Texas, I have access to quite a few Texas limestones in all sorts of textures and colors. What exactly are you looking for? Contact me, and I will do what I can to help you out , or point you in the right direction. JVC, USA, Reply


R1: Dear Richie, I have not found distributor of Texas limestones in Florida. There are six colors of Texas limestones. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


A 1150: Have you ever heard of Verde Springbok granite? Guthrie, USA, Oct 23, Reply

R1: Dear Guthrie, VERDE SPRINGBOK or OLIVE GREEN is green granite (migmatite) with almost parallel dark belts from South Africa. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


A 1147: Is JUPARANA COLOMBO from India or from Sri Lanka? Very nice violet-bluish Indian granites are imported to Slovakia in different names: ORISSA BLUE, LAVENDER BLUE, SKY BLUE, BENGAL BLUE, BAHAMA BLUE, OCEAN BLUE, VIZAG BLUE, PACIFIC BLUE, SILK BLUE, PARADISO BLUE, COROMANDEL. I think some of the materials are the same. Could you solve the problem?
In Slovakia there is popular green marble VERDE GUATEMALA (RAJASHTAN GREEN). What are original Indian names for the stone? I would like Geological map of India? Slovakia. Oct 19, Reply

R1: Colombo Juparana was originally from Sri Lanka. It was a very nice beigish color and had only one quarry. At one time it was selling at 100$/sqm for tiles. It had only one quarry but due to terrorist attack / other reasons, it was closed. A very similar material was found in India which is then named after this color. Now Colombo Juparana is mainly exported from India.

2. Orrisa Blue and Lavender Blue is the same color it is found in Orrisa. Bengal blue is different and has flaky garnet with light bluish flower structure. Vizag blue is fine grains with brownish color waves found in Srikakulam. Vizag blue is also known as Coramandal Blue. Paradiso Blue is the name for Himalayan Blue as it resemble to be from the paradiso family.

3. Original name is Green Marble. The material is having green background with white patches and is available in Rajasthan. It has almost seven to nine shades found in the same area. Darker the shade, costlier it is. Rahul, India,


A 1141: What's the difference between blue pearl GC and blue pearl GT? David, USA, Oct 13, Reply

R3: David, As far as I know there have been three classifications of Blue Pearl that have been offered to  importers over the last few years. The Blue Pearl GT means more of the blue that we associate with Blue Pearl. Blue Pearl will be more gray. Labrador Hell is even lighter gray. As we have seen with popular stones the more they quarry the more variety comes to market. Best of luck, Steven, USA Reply


R2: Dear David, abbreviation behind Blue Pearl means quarry around Norwegian towns: Larvik or Tvedalen. There are little variations between quarries of Blue Pearl. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


R1: Dear David: It's a voluntary grading from the quarry. GT is a darker selection, presents less natural flaws and is therefore more expensive. Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA Reply


A 1138: I have recently seen a granite sold with the name Amazonia Flower. It is supposedly quarried in Brazil and new to the U.S. It has large reddish-brown spots ringed with white and separated by veins of blue and black. It seems very hard and the portions in the veins somewhat brittle once separated. Does anyone know of this stone by another name? Tallulah, USA, Oct 12, Reply

R1: Not me. They way you describe it, though, it doesn't sound like granite. Now, what is it in particular that you would like to know? What kind of application do you have in mind? Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA Reply


A 1131: I want information on coral stone quarry. Where they are and who to contact? Robert, USA, Oct 9, Reply

R2: Coral stone is mined in the south of Australia. contact and I can source the details for you. Libi, Australia, Reply   

A stone called "Permian Sea Coral" Looks kinda like a travertine but is very hard, and takes a nice polish. Geologically speaking, Permian age formations were deposited a loooonnng time ago, ( before the dinosaurs even) so this stone has been around for a while. Happy hunting, JVC, USA


A 1120: Please send me info on orange colored granite or marble tiles/countertops as I may installing for one. Oct 4, Reply



e 1883 USA: I am interested in Maccia Vecchia. Can you tell me its history and origin or tell me where I can learn more about it before I buy? Sept 19. Contact
MACCHIA VECCHIA is limestone breccia from Switzerland, canton Ticino. Other name is ARZO. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply

Id 1009 USA: Could you tell me where granite called Imperial Brown comes from? Leeber, USA, Sept 19, Contact
R1: IMPERIAL BROWN comes from Brazil. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply


Id 1008 USA: I am looking for Viare for my kitchen. What is the country of origin? Thank you, Carolyn, USA, Sept 17. Contact
R1: Dear Carolyn, I do not know VIARE, but I think it is VYARA – granite from India. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply

Id 1007 USA: I am looking for a white body marble with green veining throughout. In the Italian stones, I have been told it is called Cipollino Apuano and other sources have suggested Verde Cipollino. I am looking for this stone in 30cm x 30cm and have not found it through my normal supply channels. Can you please help me to identify it exactly and then locate a source to purchase about 800 SF? Connie, USA, Sept 17. Contact.
R2: There is a new stone I have seen which fits this description but around here (Florida), they are classifying as a granite - Lapland Green. Good Luck, Gail, Reply

Dear Connie, CIPOLLINO APUANO: Similar materials are also Greek marbles GREEN OF STYRA (CIPOLLINO ANTICO) and GREEN FANTASY (GREEN SHADOW) Daniel, Slovakia, Reply

A 1101: I'm wondering if you have any information on a substance called Pietra stone. We recently saw it in a kitchen store and are trying to find out more. Thank you, USA, Sept 14. Reply
R2: There is a stone marketed as Pietra Durata. It's a sandstone milled in Italy, hence the Italian name, but the blocks are sourced from all over the world. They use any sandstone that has the look of a timber grain. You'll never know the quality or which country your particular order comes from and they'll never give you technical details on it. If you are prepared to gamble, go ahead, otherwise try our traditional brown range from Australia. 
Libi, Australia, 

Never heard of it. Pietra is Italian for stone, therefore it's like saying "stone stone". Makes a lot of sense, don't it! Ah, the vivid imagination of these dealers! They will never stop to anything to hide the truth! Whatever it is, since you will never be able to know what it is, STAY AWAY FROM IT. Ciao and good luck, Maurizio Reply


Id 1006 France: Click here to see a picture I took, it is a type of stone that I am trying to find, and purchase.  Please let me know where I could find it. It is like a soft marble, sometimes called a salt stone.  Please let me know how I can find it, and purchase it. Thanks. James, France, Sept 11. Contact.
R1: Dear James, it is difficult determine your stone only by picture. It can be rock salt (salt stone), alabaster or soapstone. It is necessary to test the hardness of the stone. If it is salt stone, it is soluble and has salt taste. Daniel, Slovakia Reply

A 1094: I find the prices of Chinese granites, but the price list only shows the numbers of the granites and don’t show the color or type of granite. How can I find products of these numbers mentioned? Regards Esteban, Guatemala, Sept 8, Reply


A 1083: I am dealing with the refurbishment of a 1960's office in Manchester which is Grade II listed. All of the external wall finishes are tiled with 22 x 47mm black / bronze finish tiles originally sourced from Proctor and Lavender Claddings Ltd. We need to carry out some remedial repairs and I would like information on where I might source some replacement tiles. Clearly I am unlikely to obtain identical tiles but was assuming we could have some made by a specialist tile manufacturer. Is there an association / federation of tile manufacturers that could advise on appropriate manufacturers? Ray, UK, August 31, Contact 


Id 1005 USA: We are in desperate search for a Travertine called, "Chocolate Travertine".  It is called "Noche" by some suppliers, but I found that the "Chocolate" name is really describes it's color accurately.  Please help? Marie, USA, August 27. Contact 

R2: Dear Marie, I believe that I may have the chocolate travertine of which you are referring too. The chocolate travertine that I carry comes from South America (Peru). In which size forms are you needing this material? I can probably fulfill your needs in an appropriate time frame. Matthew, USA, Contact

Dear Marie, as you mentioned, typical name for brown travertine is Travertino noche from Italy. Travertine with name "Chocolate travertine" is Turkish travertine of company Natureltas. Daniel, Slovakia,


Id 1004 USA: Do you know of a cream / bisque granite that looks as close to ‘Botticino Classico’ marble and is available. I love this marble, but need durability for a large tub surround. Thank you, Babs, Aug 27. Contact
R1: Dear Babs, granites are of other structure than marbles, they are grained, sometimes veined. The most suitable substitution for BOTTICINO are PANNA FRAGOLA - Brasil, RAW SILK and KASHMIR GOLD - India, darker
GIALLO ANTICO and GIALLO VENEZIANO - Brasil, COLONIAL DREAM - Sri Lanka, GOLDEN OAK. Daniel, Slovakia, Contact


A 1075: What is Jerusalem stone?  How can I get it for countertops?  How expensive is it? August 23. Contact

R2: Jerusalem stone is a generic term, a lot of stones carried in this array are named jerusalem stone. They not all so porous. The colors can be from yellow to pink, it depends of the quarry and his location. Contact


R1: Jerusalem stone is porous limestone, beautiful for interiour, but not suitable for kitchen countertop.
Daniel, Slovakia, Contact



Id 1002 USA: Recently here in the States, I have seen a stone slab (igneous in origin but not granite) that is called Verde Fire.  This stone is supposed to be from Australia--It is black, green, red and orange in color with a very "distinct" movement.  I would appreciate any information with regard to this stone. I have been in the stone business for 15 years, and this is the first time that I have seen this particular stone. I am sure it may be known by several names but I do not know them. I thank you for your time and consideration. Aug 23. Contact

R3: South Australia is the major source of the Australian granites. "Harlequin" stone is an extraordinary and very ancient stone from South Australia. "Harlequin" came on to the market relatively recently and it sounds like the stone you are enquiring about. The polished slabs look like red black and green abstract paintings. McInnes, Australia, Contact

Dear David, I think this is Australian granite(s) with the names: SYDNEY GREEN, GUMLEAF GREEN, or NEW MUDGEE RED, SYDNEY RED. Daniel, Slovakia Contact


R1: Verde Fire (Verde Fuoco) is known also as Harlequin - a truly outstanding stone. Jim, Australia, Contact

A 1073: I would like information on Birchwood. Don't know if it's marble or granite. Thanks, René. USA, Aug 22. Contact

R2: Birchwood is a brown marble that can be polished or honed. Very beautiful! Steven, USA. Contact
Dear Rene: I don't know, either! For all I know birchwood is wood from the birch tree. How far the vivid imagination of stone importers and dealers goes when they name stones is an unknown factor, also. At least to me it is! Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA, Contact 


Id 1001 USA: Dose anyone know anything about the following stones? Are there other names for them? Welcome any expertise information and advice. 'Verde Paloral' & 'Volcanic gray granite’. Aug 21. Contact

R1: Dear Sir, materials you mentioned are not official stone names. Verde Paloral is by me Australian granite BALMORAL GREEN. Volcanic Gray is name for color. Only company Ferezi has dark gray brecciated marble
with name VOLCANIC GREY. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply

e 1761 USA: We are hoping to find a source locally for custom making (4) window sills 4" x 72" x 3/4" approximately.  We have not been successful going the Home Depot route.  We are looking for granite / sandstone / open to suggestion in beige / blue / pearl tones.  Can you help us?. July 31. Contact


e 1737 Taiwan: I am a landscape architect working for a large urban design project in Taiwan. We are looking for a variety of natural translucent unique paving i.e. quartzite: in blues, grays, greens. Any material that fits this description would be considered. We will obviously be buying in large quantities and are extremely serious about buying if you have products that are suitable. July 20 Contact


A 1045: Good Afternoon, I am retired and would like to start a new hobby. I would like to build the old fashion blackboard I used in grade school 60 years ago. Can you give me sources for this type slate material? Best Regards, Chuck, USA, July 20. Reply

e 1683 USA: I want 3 cm Desert Amerillo, or Golden Beaches, I am aware that these are Californian names. July 18. Contact
R1: GOLDEN BEACH is from Brazil.
DESERT AMARILLO (not AMERILLO) is probably from Brazil too. Daniel, Slovakia, Contact

A 1035: I don't know if you able to help me - I am looking for alternative names to Croatian stones? Do you know if the blocks are perhaps purchased by the Italians and then on sold under different names. In particular I am interested in the Adria Girgio Venato, Kirmenjak Sav and Kirmenjak SC, Adria Grigion machiatto. Thanks Selina. USA, July 16, Reply
R1: The stones you listed have no alternative names that I know. Croatian companies have the same names. There are similar Croatian limestones KANFANAR (GIALLO ISTRIA), SELINA, SAN GEORGIO, VESELJE, GROZNJAN ... Daniel, Slovakia, Contact   

A 1033: I have a seven foot sphere made of dark green granite and was designed by a William Ordway Partridge. It was a sun dial for Columbia University in Mahatten New York. The university got it in 1914. I would like to know if you have any info about this man who designed it, or any other info about this large granite. Terry, USA, July 14. Reply
R1: Dear Terry, information of mentioned sculptor you can find in Google... I need to see detailed picture of stone to try identify the granite. Daniel, Slovakia, Reply

e 1668 USA: Have you got a granite whose name is grisardina? July 11 contact
R1: Known as Sardinia Gray, quarried in Italy. Burzin, India, Contact


A 1049: What do you have in l l/4 inch slabs? How would you get it to Oregon?  Is the Dynamic Blue as green as it looks on our computer. Is this a good countertop material. What other blue granite besides blue pearl do you recommend that would match an azul boquira porcelain floor? Tim and Kay, USA, July 9. Reply

R1: Dear Tim & Kay, I recommend you Brasilian blue material which match your porcelain floor, but this material is changeable and expensive. They are named: AZUL IMPERIAL, AZUL BOQUIRA or AZUL MACAUBAS. There are some hard blue materials like AZUL BAHIA or BLUE KING. They are less changeable but it is possibility of chemical damage - color change. Daniel, Slovakia Contact


A 1025: Where in the southeastern U.S. are slate and/or flagstone found naturally? Hardesty, USA. June 27 reply
North Carolina – Davidson
Virginia - Buckingham 
Vermont - Rutland, 
Pennsylvania - Lehigh, Northampton
Pennsylvania - Susquehanna - Daniel, Slovakia, Contact

A 1003: What is "pietra del cardozo"?  It appears to be a grey stone which can be used for counters.  I've seen it mentioned in architectural (European) magazines; however, no stone co. in my area (Chicago) knows what it is or how to access it. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.  I suspect this stone is either a form of slate or marble. Anna, USA. June 4 reply
R2: I have got one of the "Pietra del Cardoso" quarry. I can supply slabs, cut to size etc..... For further information, do not hesitate to contact me. Best regards, Massimo, Reply

R1. See our Stone Album. FindStone.

e 1594 USA: Want to buy Australian granite called "Melbourne Blue".  It was used for the bathroom partitions in a development in northern Virginia called the "Dulles Town Center", two years ago.  The stone resembles a Saudi Arabian stone - Silver Sea Green - but has more blue and a tighter grain. June 4 contact

Q 990: A European design magazine showed a kitchen with a counter made of "pietra del cardozo".  It was a grey-charcoal color and appeared to resemble grey soapstone.  What is this stone--marble, slate or....?  How durable is it for kitchen counter use? Jeff, USA. May 31 reply

e 1575 Japan: We are looking for a granite called Ghadeer Red, to be imported into Japan in container loads. May 19 contact
R1: Saudi Arabian granite - Ghadeer red is Najran red or well-known as Violetta. Daniel, Slovakia contact

e 1566 USA: Looking for veneer stone 4 to 6 inches thick in squared patterns - believe stone is called 'Pairie stone".  Looking for quantities of 75+ cubic yards. May 15 contact
R1: You thought Prairie stone. Daniel, Slovakia contact
A 1050: Hi! I just completed gutting my kitchen and am searching for a specific granite for a countertop.  It is called Bianco Romano (beiges with hints of cream and tiny splotches of a reddish -brown).  I reside on the North Shore of Massachusetts (near Salem, MA).  If you know of a dealer in my area which carries this product, or know the following information, would you please email me the information:  
        1.   Price per linear foot for countertop
        2.   Price per linear foot for backsplash
        3.   Price of cutouts for an undermount sink and cooktop
        4.   Cost of a 1/2 bullnose edge (one side only)
        5.   Installation charge
        6.   Delivery charge
        Sincerest thanks for your assistance. Kate, USA, May 10. Reply

Q 929: I bought granite at an auction and I was told that it is named "black pearl".  I’m now in need of extra pieces but am unable to find the same in Austin, TX to match my original purchase.  Is this an uncommon granite or is it also known by some other name?  Is it also known by the name of "Imperial black"?  I want a piece measuring 6 ft X 4 ft. Tan, USA, April 5. Reply
R1: BLACK PEARL is granite s.l. from India and marble s.l. from China. IMPERIAL BLACK is granite s.l. from Australia, also from China, South Africa and Canada and marble s.l. from USA. Daniel, Slovakia. Contact

Q 926: I am trying to locate about 50-100 sq ft of Classic Oak Arizona Flagstone.  It is to be used for pool coping and needs to be thick enough to support the tracks for an automatic pool cover.  Our contractor has supplied pieces about 3" thick, but they are severely blemished with black spots and we need replacement pieces which are not so blemished. If you have this type of flagstone, can get it, or can suggest some other vendor who may be able to help, please respond.  Our contractor claims to have been searching for 6 months to get these last pieces! Roy, USA, April 1, Reply


R1: I do not quite understand your question.
1. POLYCHROME is brown granite from Canada. 
2. Polychrome granites are for instance DAKOTA MAHOGANY - USA, ROYAL MAHOGANY - Sweden, SAPHIRE BROWN - India, GREEN ROSE - India, GRAN VIOLET - Brasil, FOREST GREEN - India, ZELENITZA - Ukraine. Daniel Slovakia. Contact

e 1489 USA: I am looking for a limestone that seems to be discontinued... it is called Pompignon...it has been used on an architectural project that we are now renovating and we will need to match the existing. Mar 30. Contact
R1: Pompignon (originally Pompignan) is gray-brown French limestone. Daniel, Slovakia, Contact

e 1485 USA: I am looking for a stone with Mexican or Caribbean origin. It is called shell stone or Durango stone. It looks like a Travertine with fossils. Mar 29 Contact.

A 949: I would like to know the difference between Alabama Red Rock and Crimson Stone. GRFTGirl, USA, March 24. Reply


e 1459 UAE: We are in search of a stone: Indian Fossil. Mar 19. Contact.
R1: INDIAN FOSSIL is known as FOSSIL SANDSTONE from India. Try to address some Indian company. Daniel, Slovakia, Contact.

e 1438 USA: I'm looking for an American quarry which produces black marble, the less veining the better.  Is there a legitimate contender for the title "The Belgian Black of America"? March 12. Contact.

R1: Similar to Belgian Black in USA there are IMPERIAL BLACK from Tennessee and CHAMPLAIN BLACK from Vermont. Daniel, Slovakia, Contact

A 935: I am interested in the Juparano Colombo, which apparently originates in several continents on at least two continents.  How can I learn more about the geology of this? Second question:  Today, in a marble/granite dealers place, we saw what appeared top be conglomerate.  It was already sold and the salesperson did not know its name nor where it came from.  He said they had no more and could not get any more.  Is there a way of learning through you whether this is available elsewhere? USA, March 9. Reply


Daniel, I'm amazed at the extent of your knowledge and have enjoyed reading your responses. We visited distant cousins in Slovakia last year and I was touched by the kindness of people who helped in locating them from the mayor of the city to people contacted through the internet. Thanks for sharing your expertise. Gerrie Ryan

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