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VSG Opens in Collingwood

We are excited to announce the opening of our new store located at 19 Islington St, Collingwood, Melbourne. This showroom exhibits slabs from our actual stock, rotating as we receive new shipments – take a glimpse of the store in the video below. To arrange a time to pop in, contact the team on 03 9702 7539, or at sales@victoriastonegallery.com.au.

We look forward to having you through!

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Azul Macauba, a blue Quartzite used in this state of the art pool
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Blue Quartzite Beauty – A Pool House

A Beautiful Sight, the Blue Quartzite.

We love our selection of blue Quartzite stone slabs at Victoria Stone Gallery. Check out this pool house we came across. Designed by a New York architect Rafael de Cárdenas, for a mid-19th-century English country manor.

Cárdenas’ approach to architecture and design “sees it apply form and materials to create spaces with distinctive atmospheres”. Blue Quartzite marble, the perfect distinctive material to use.

Azul Macauba, a blue Quartzite used in this state of the art pool

“Given that the pool house was going to be its own building, the main thing was to make it feel like a destination.” said de Cárdenas. “Something quite distinct from the main house, that would draw on and complement its surroundings.”

Other natural stone included in this state of the art pool house is on the walls and the floor around the pool. Botticino marble tiles makes up the floor, treated with an anti-slip rullato finish on the floors.

Azul Macauba, a blue Quartzite used in this state of the art pool

The book-matched Azul Macauba quartzite, creating the intense blue colour of the pool really caught our eye!

Quartzite is an increasingly popular choice amongst homeowners, designers and architects. Not to be confused with  Quartz – the man-made material created by mixing crushed stone with colour and resin to form an engineered slab. Quartzite is formed by naturally occurring metamorphic rock. It starts out as sandstone and evolves over time under intense heat and pressure. Look out for exotic patterns of pinks, greens, reds, brown and blue quartzite that mainly come from Brazil.

Check out our evergrowing Quartzite collection. We have plenty more arriving in the new year! Our favourite blue quartzite is our Blue Roma. We currently have it available in a polished or leathered finish. Read about some other alternatives to marble.

Watch this video of Azul Macauba being quarried in Brazil.

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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