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Hard marbles being quarried in India

Hard Marbles from India / Less Worry in the Home

Often we have customers come into our gallery who have already ruled out picking marble as their natural stone kitchen benchtop or island. Some don’t want to deal with the maintenance and others are under the impression that all marble is too delicate.  This can be true if looking at Italian or Greek marbles which need a little extra TLC. They require being resealed more often and are more absorbent and porous compared to a quartzite or granite. But here, we have a huge selection of hard marbles from India and other parts of the world.

These are slabs that are classified as marble but perform like a quartzite or granite and are a perfect option for your home!

Geologically, how are these hard marbles harder than your typical soft marble?

From the beginning of the natural process, sedimentary stones start with limestone; a compacted seabed of crushed shells.  This is the softest and most porous of all the marble family. The top powdery layer of the limestone bed doesn’t contain any of the seashells but more of a fine powder of crushed shells and lime. This mix compacts very well and is what is called a dolomite.  Dolomites are typically harder than limestone, thanks to its fine powder that compacts better.

When the limestone or dolomites are further compacted with heat and pressure, they enter a metamorphism process and become marbles. If the compaction is extreme, this is when the resulting marble can turn harder and denser.  Think of Greek or Italian marbles not getting to this point, hence them being softer, less dense and more porous.  This stage in the process establishes the difference between soft marble and hard marbles.

There is no scientifically proven answer as to why these harder marbles are coming from Indian quarries.

Maybe because they have been quarrying for much shorter than the 2,000 years that the Carrara mountains have been excavated from. Some have speculated that the Indian quarries have been untouched for so long that the minerals have been left beneath the crust of the earth to crystallize under heat and pressure for a longer period. Or it could simply just be due to the forces of nature over millions of years.

Not only do these harder marbles quarried in North India outperform the Greek and the Italian marbles but they come in such a wide variety of different colours and patterns. They are also the noticeably inexpensive option. Here’s what’s out in the market:

Fantasy Brown is a well known Indian hard marble amongst the industry.  Its makeup, performance and its type is summed up perfectly below, from the article Is Fantasy Brown a Marble or a Quartzite?.

“It mostly does perform like a quartzite or a granite. It’s a great stone. Geologically it does have some calcium carbonate & thus is a marble. A very hard marble. Even so, we have never noticed it etch, but since there’s some calcium carbonate we called it what it is – marble (just in case).” – Jeff @ Architectural Granite and Marble, Ltd. (AG&M).

Other common Indian hard marbles are:

San Simone
Aba White
Mercury Black
Bruno White
Atlas Green
Cyprus White
Chateau Blanc
Rainforest Brown
Eclair White

As it goes for any stone, we do still strongly suggest to our shoppers that sealing is a must for these hard marbles.  The slabs are still compromised with calcium carbonate that reacts with acidic substances.  A sealer applied by an industry professional will protect and buy you much more time to wipe up spills that can react with marble!

 

More About Marble

More about Marble

Thinking about buying Marble for your benchtop in Melbourne, Victoria? Here are some fast facts to get your shop on! Find out some more about Marble.


More about Marble

What type of natural stone is Marble?

Marble is a metamorphic rock. It forms when limestone is subjected to the heat and pressure of metamorphism. This video of marble quarrying in the Italian Alps shows some neat footage of how marble can be quarried.

Carrara Italy – marble quarry in Fantiscritti valley. Marble works of Miseglia. Apuan Alps mountains.

Uses for Marble?

White Marble has been used for centuries in classic sculptures to construction. You might recognise it in such works of art like Michaelangelo’s, David, or the Taj Mahal, even recently in modern-day photo shoots like the one campaigned by NZ brand Lonely Lingerie where woman modelled next to Carrara Marble. Marble is commonly used in Melbourne in the bathroom, kitchen benchtops – Where the Kitchen starts, splashbacks or reception counters. Don’t let the characteristics of Marble scare you away from using it in your home! Read our post on Marble & 5 Facts Nobody Will Tell You.

Why should you choose Marble?

It’s beautiful and timeless. Homeowners and Melbourne stone fabricators sometimes shy away from marble being one of the softer natural stones and more prone to etching and stains. The right care will maintain it and you’ll have a stunning marble benchtop, adding value to your home. Read this amazing story on Natural Stone at home? How much is it worth – who knows how much value your marble benchtop or marble bathroom may bring you!

How do you maintain Marble?

Be sure to seal your marble benchtop every one to two years. Protect your marble benchtop from vinegar and citrus’. Avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners on your marble benchtop.

 


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Parthenon Greek Marble frieze replica the Greek Centre 2

Greek Marble Unveiling in Melbourne’s CBD

The Greek Community of Melbourne’s headquarter building unveiled an impressive replica of the Parthenon Greek Marble frieze on Sunday 26th of November.

The life-size, border of Greek marble runs along the building’s entrance at six metres long. The stone slab not only reflects one of the most recognised symbols of Ancient Greece but reminds us of the HQ’s significance in the Australian-Greek community and the buildings historical connection to Greece.

“The building offers so many different services to Greek Australians. But at the same time we want the building and those services to appropriately reflect through symbols of our culture and heritage,” Mr Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos.

To mark the momentous occasion, the street closed off to celebrate with speeches, music and performances near the centre. Significant political leaders and personalities of the community attended, including Melbourne-born actress and comedian Mary Coustas. Coustas was one of many speakers, eager to draw the attention to the return of the Parthenon Marble back to Greece. The friezes are on permanent display in the British Museum after being controversially taken from Athens in the 1800s.

Parthenon Greek Marble frieze at British Museum

A segment of the original Parthenon Marble frieze currently at British Museum

“Britain is conveniently ignoring the screams from the world at large (to return the Greek marbles) because it benefits them, too,” she said. “We need to keep the dream alive and keep applying pressure.”

Dubbing herself a proud Greek-Australian, Coustas likened the marbles cause to the recent Yes vote in the gay marriage debate.

Followed by Victoria State premier Daniel Andrews. “We continuously demand the restoration of the injustice done by Lord Elgin two centuries earlier. This is not just my personal opinion. But a standing demand of the Victoria government and all the parties that are part of it. And will not change until this injustice has been restored.”

The Greek Centre is home to the city’s official Greek community organizations. It has become renowned as a hub of Greek cultural life and activity. Some have disputed the placement of the replica and its placement above a burger restaurant. But its beauty cannot be denied. Nor the opportunity to voice support for efforts to return the Parthenon Greek Marbles.

In the new year, Victoria Stone Gallery will be getting in some stunning Greek marble ourselves, keep an eye on our product catalogue to find a relic of your own!

Source pappaspost.comneskosmos.com, thenationalherald.com