Occasionally, MARBLEX has inventory that doesn’t quite fit into a specific category of stone. These materials are called minerals. A mineral is a naturally occurring substance formed through geological processes that has a characteristic chemical composition, a highly ordered atomic structure and specific physical properties. A rock, by comparison, is an aggregate of minerals and need not have a specific chemical composition. Minerals range in composition from pure elements and simple salts to very complex silicates with thousands of known forms. Sodalite, for example, is a combination of sodium and aluminum in varying concentrations.
Granites are generally the hardest and best wearing of any of the stone materials. They are highly resistant to heat, mild acids and bases, and water. Granites are extremely hard and tolerate normal usage very well. Granite may be used anywhere and for almost any application. Sometimes gneiss and basalt-based stones are sold as granite, though technically they are not.
Photos are provided as reference. MARBLEX cannot guarantee availability of all materials shown. Please call or email for current status.