Marble Color & Texture Options

From Northstar Granite Tops – Minneapolis & St Paul

About Marble

Marble is composed of calcite, making it relatively soft.  Pure marble is almost entirely white though it can vary in color from white to black.  Impurities such as silica, iron oxide and graphite give it its characteristic rich veining, clouding and color.  Because marble forms under varying degrees of heat and pressure, it exhibits a broad range of denseness and hardness.

Marble is typically specified for use in baths and as fireplace surrounds due to its relative softness.  Generally, marble is not suitable for kitchens because it does scratch and chip easier than granite or quartz.  However, because marble develops a patina as it ages in the home, it can make beautiful “old world” looking kitchen countertops.