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The World of Stones

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Marbles were first used by the Greeks and Romans to make beautiful sculptures and structures. Over time, marble has become an indispensable stone of human civilization. Known for its striking beauty, beautiful veins and being one of its only kind, marbles in a variety of colors and patterns are sure to grab attention. No wonder it is used commonly as marble kitchen countertops and for floorings.
It is found around the world as a metamorphic rock that has been recrystallised under the influence of heat, pressure and aqueous solutions. They are mined in large quarries and transported as slabs. Earth movements can cause cracks in the rocks that are filled with veins of calcite. These veins have traces of oxides that give it a contrasting colour.. It is softer compared to granite and more prone to corrosion so one needs to be careful and maintain the stone. Even then, each and every stone is unique and only one of its kind being thousands of years old with unmatched grace and beauty.
Onyx marbles on the other hand consist of concentric zones of calcite or aragonite deposited from cold-water solutions in caves and crevices and around the exits of springs. They are, in the strict sense, neither marble nor onyx, for true onyx is a banded chalcedony composed largely of silicon dioxide. These marbles are usually brown or yellow because of the presence of iron oxide. These are used in marble kitchen backsplash or for wall decor with backlighting to showcase its gorgeous colours and patterns.

Granite is one of the hardest materials known for its durability and non-porous nature, making it a common choice for kitchen countertops since ages. It is coarse-grained, formed from igneous rocks composed mostly of quartz, alkali feldspar, and plagioclase. It forms from magma with a high content of silica and alkali metal oxides that slowly solidifies underground. It is common in the Earth’s continental crust, where it is found in various kinds of igneous intrusions. Granite countertops are great for low fuss and low maintenance kitchens with known qualities of strength and sturdiness. But it has lesser options in colours making other quartz based countertops a more preferred choice over granite countertops

Quartz is abundant in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. It is highly resistant to both mechanical and chemical weathering. This durability makes it the dominant mineral of mountaintops and the primary constituent of beach, river, and desert sand. It is durable, available abundantly and ubiquitous.

Quartz based engineered stones are exceptional in beauty, strength,hardness and durability. This makes it a product far superior to natural stone and other manufactured surfaces. It is created from up to 93% natural quartz aggregates, organic pigments and enhanced polymer resins. Quartz countertops provide a surface with exceptional properties of heat, stain, scratch and chip resistance. For the environment friendly kitchen countertop, this is your bet!

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FAQs

Before you go wandering in the sanctuary of stones, there are three things you need to take into consideration:

  • Purpose : What are the major activities in your kitchen. Is it going to be a high traffic area like a restaurant kitchen or a house with children or will you be using your kitchen occasionally?
  • Natural or Engineered: Based on your purpose, would you be looking for marble and granite for your countertop or a sturdy engineered stone? Do keep in mind marble is prone to stains compared to other stones which are designed and made for durability. 
  • Look and feel: Do you want a traditional look with more curves and simple colours or are you looking for a more sophisticated go bold look?
  • Cost: While this is a major deciding factor for most of us, one needs to remember that the right countertop is an investment that is going to last for years. Let our professionals assist you in making the right choice according to your needs.

We normally take 3-5 days from the day of placing your order to the final installation. For kitchen countertops in certain colours, installation can be done within a day.

Get in touch with us via the contact form on the home page, post which we will assist you through this process:

  • Choose from a wide variety of  options: Marble, Granite, Artificial Stone- Caesarstone®, Quartz, Ultra Compact Dekton®.
  • Share your kitchen layout: We will determine a rough SqFt area of the material required for the project (Usually there is 20% slab wastage. If you need Slab Vein Matching, we need to consider 40% wastage). 
  • A rough kitchen estimate is provided with a site template and installation timeline. Pay for material and fabrication (50% advance only). 
  • Choose your edge profile style.
  • Have your Sink and Hob ready at site for the templating process. Templating is the process of developing an accurate countertop drawing as a guide that will have the exact countertop measurements along with your sink and hob.
  • Slabs are cut according to OSHA rule, USA, using state-of-the-art Italian Technology. 
  • All cut slabs are processed through automated edge profiling and edge polishing machines. 
  • Your order is ready for delivery and installation! We use A shaped frames in wood for all stone slabs and box type packaging for Dekton, covered in an anti-scratch film so that your slab gets delivered speck free.

Granite and Marble are similar in many ways. They are both natural stones. The main difference between marble and granite is in its hardness and looks. Granite is a heavy, sturdy material available in dark colours of black,beige, reds, browns, grey and green. Granite kitchen countertops are best in its durability and make it perfect for heavy use in the kitchen, making it low maintenance.

Marble is considered more elegant in its looks and finishes with a variety of patterns, veins and colours to choose from. It is one of the lightest and brightest natural stones available. While it is slightly more difficult to maintain due to its porosity, marble is quite luxurious to look at and is used for countertops, flooring and walls too. Marble slabs for kitchen countertops are best for high maintenance kitchens and those who are quick in cleaning any spills before they turn into stains to maintain the whiteness and colour in the kitchen marble. Still, nothing beats the timeless beauty of the makrana marble.

Quartz is a very hard granite-like surface with similar properties of durability and being heat/scratch/stain resistant. Quartz based countertops are man-made engineered stone countertops formed by combining 90% ground quartz, a natural hard mineral, with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. Quartz is slightly matte and will not be as reflective or shiny as polished granite. The appearance of your kitchen countertop slab will depend on how the quartz is ground: coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth look. Dyes, patterns, and coarseness are controlled by manufacturers to produce a unique look.Dekton and Caeserstone are quartz based countertops stones.

Dekton and Caeserstone:

Engineered stones, although heat resistant can be potentially damaged by sudden temperature changes, more so near the edges, just like any stone material. It’s best to use trivets to prevent any kind of damage or discoloration.

Yes! Due to its non-porosity, the quartz material is non-absorbent and does not host bacteria, mildew or mold. Be assured it will remain safe and fresh for ages to come.

For everyday cleaning, a splash of warm water and soap or a mild detergent will do. Plant oil-based soaps should be avoided. Our surfaces are extremely strong, nonporous, and stain resistant, so just wipe with a soft cloth or dipped in warm soapy water. Avoid using strong chemicals and cleaners to prevent damage to your surface.

Outdoor spaces like terraces, swimming pools or large indoor areas, we are recommended to clean with hot pressurised water or with automatic floor-scrubbers (previously described) with neutral soap.

You can use a combination of 50/50 vinegar and water. Rinse and dry the surface thoroughly afterwards.

First, pour some water on the spill and wait for a few minutes. Then use a soft damp cloth or a paper towel and wipe in circular motions to remove the spill. Rinse with warm water. Avoid the use of abrasive cloth such as a scouring pad to avoid damage to the surface.

Occasionally, the surface should be cleaned with Soft Scrub® Liquid Gel with Bleach and thoroughly dried. We recommend a thorough cleaning of your Caesarstone surface on a regular basis to keep the surface as beautiful as the day it was installed. If you have heavy patina build-up from using non-approved cleaners, please contact our Customer Care department for detailed instructions on how best to remove it.

We always recommend using a cutting board even though the surface is scratch resistant.

Always refrain from placing excessive weight on your countertop. It can also have an impact on the underlying cabinet structure.

Dark surfaces may need a little extra care since they are more prone to showing scratch marks and must be protected from sharp objects. Be sure to wipe off liquid spills and not allow them to dry on the surface. Check your cleaning product on an inconspicuous area.

Marble:

Marble is a porous material, which means it has pores, or tiny holes as a part of its structure that air and liquids can be absorbed into. Since spills are common in the kitchen, marble should be sealed. How often depends on the stone and sealing process. Typically, the process involves spraying on the sealing agent and then using a soft cloth to rub it in. 

Also,one should wipe spills as soon as possible to avoid stains since sealers wear over time. If the sealer in an area has weakened, food and liquids can penetrate through the stone that may cause permanent stains, discoloration and etching.

Marble has a high heat tolerance, but you should not put extremely hot items directly on the stone and could cause a thermal shock that could crack the marble. Normally, nothing will happen if you place hot items on the marble. But extreme heat can also cause a noticeable color change or minor burn mark on the stone. Most natural stones exhibit this behavior . It is recommended to use trivets and coasters to be safe. If you’re looking for a stone with a higher heat tolerance than marble, granite is a more durable option.

Simply use a non-abrasive dish soap and warm water and let it soak on the spills. Do not use acidic cleaners that can harm marble. Also do not use any rough scrubbing cloths, just a soft towel or a paper towel will do. You can use a microfiber cloth after drying it to give it a shine.

Marble is a softer stone than granite, quartz and many other natural stones. So one needs  to be a little careful in their handling .While some mishaps can happen in the kitchen if any utensil hits the edges, it can be easily repaired by us.

No. This is best avoided as marble can be scratched.  Food and liquid items can penetrate through sealed marble and cause damage and discolouration through its pores. It is recommended to use a cutting board with marble countertops.

Etching is a corrosive chemical reaction that occurs when acids like lemon juice or other acidic foods penetrate the stone and remain long enough to react with the marble’s calcium carbonate. It is more of a physical damage by corrosion to the stone and appears as dull spots on the surface. These spots look like small stains, or water rings, but they are much deeper and are difficult to repair. Unsealed areas could etch if for this chemical reaction to occur. Etched marble can be repaired by a professional by polishing or refinishing an area. 

Marble sealers do not completely prevent etching, hence one should clean any spills as soon as possible, use trivets and coasters, and repair any damage before etching has a chance to occur.

Polished marble has a shiny, high-gloss finish. It is extremely smooth and it’s coating acts as a protectant. Honed marble has a flatter finish, is less reflective and hence, less likely to scratch or etch. A scratch is more noticeable than on a shiny finish. However, honed marble will be more susceptible to stains because the stone’s pores are closer to the surface. According to your purpose, you can choose between the two.

If your marble is directly exposed to water for long periods of time, exposed to fruit spills, food acids, harsh chemicals and cleaners, it can turn yellow. This is due to the oxidation process of the stone. Also, if the sealant has worn off, chemicals can be absorbed into the stone causing the yellowing. 

​Discolouration can also happen if the marble is not cleaned properly. Certain polishes, waxes and cleaners not meant for marble can leave a build up that will cause the stone to turn yellow.

But worry not, this is repairable too.

Granite:

Mostly, no. Its non porosity makes it durable and resistant to heat and stains but we always recommend to get sealing done to prevent any damages to your stone.

Yes.Granite is heat resistant  upto 80-90 degree and your vessel will have cooled down before causing any thermal shock.

Yes! Due to its non-porosity, the granite material is non-absorbent and does not host bacteria, mildew or mold. Be assured it will remain safe and fresh for ages to come.

For everyday cleaning, a splash of warm water and soap or a mild detergent will do. Plant oil-based soaps should be avoided. Our surfaces are extremely strong, nonporous, and stain resistant, so just wipe with a soft cloth or dipped in warm soapy water. Avoid using strong chemicals and cleaners to prevent damage to your surface.

We always recommend using a cutting board even though the surface is scratch resistant. Anything harder than a granite can cause scratches like diamond, quartz and silica. Even then, granites are sturdy and not prone to scratches by most materials.

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HD Visualiser

Now see your future kitchen countertop for yourself with our HD Visualiser tool!
Choose from various options of designs and to see your sample kitchen. Pair from various options of marble, granite, onyx, Caeserstonne and Dekton.

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3D Edges Tool

Have trouble deciding what edge profile to choose for your countertop? Worry not! You can test how it will look over here.

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Software

Quick Tips:

Eased edges look almost entirely squared  and the edges will be only slightly rounded. Overall, this will give a feel of modern, and classy straight lines.

These are similar to the eased edge with more tapering around its edges. These are suitable for contemporary and modern settings with clean lines and gem-like 45 degree angled edges.

These give a more rounded appearance compared to the previous ones.They are best suited if you have a busy kitchen with children and a more elegant,classic and traditional look.

This favorite among many, will give a graceful appearance with your countertop looking sleeker compared to the other ones with rounded edges.

For a curvy yet bold appearance with edges slightly shredded off, Crescent edge is your go to profile edge. Best suited in both contemporary and traditional settings, feel free to get creative with this one with its lesser dramatic curves!

To make your countertop appear bolder and thicker, you can go for laminated and metered edges.

This one makes a statement by looking much thinner and sleeker than the rest of its counterparts with the slab being thicker. Best suited for a modern, bold and sleek setting, this edge profile is sure to turn heads.