Magnificent Marble: A Look at Four Stunning Varieties

Parthenon in Greece
The columns of the Parthenon were made of Pentelic marble, a material that was utilized for the first time. Pentelic marble is flawless white with a uniform, faint yellow tint, which makes it shine with a golden hue under sunlight. The ancient quarry at Mount Pentelicus is now protected by law, and used exclusively to obtain marble for the Acropolis Restoration Project.

While marble has been used in building and sculpture since classical times, it’s no secret that this elegant stone is definitely having a moment in interior design. White Carrara marble has been a design trend for a few years, used on everything from surfaces to furniture and decorative objects; but with the luxury goods market coming out of its shell, it has become fashionable to accomplish an upscale design that’s also unique. When it comes to marble surfaces, whether as a bath vanity, kitchen countertop, or fireplace surround, there is now a trend towards having what’s unusual, instead of what’s more commonplace.

Prestige Marble & Granite specializes in the rare and precious stones that will ensure a luxurious, one-of-a-kind aesthetic. And while we’re still very fond of classic and elegant Carrara (Michelangelo’s David was carved from it!), here’s a look at four rare marble selections from our designer collection that are sure to make a style statement in your home.

(Keep in mind that pictures don’t exactly convey the true colors and beauty of the stone, and patterns within a color will vary from slab to slab. We invite you to visit our showroom to view these stunning marble examples in person!)

Calacatta Silver

Calacatta marble is precious and rare because it is only mined from one quarry in the world, high atop the mountains in Carrara, Italy. The quarry is hard to access in winter months, so it cannot be mined year around. Calacatta has a pure white background with thick, distinct veins that range in color from gray to brown and gold. It’s the bold unique pattern of this marble that makes it very desirable in all parts of the world. This gorgeous Calacatta Silver is just one variety of several Calacatta stones we have available.

Emperador Dark

Endowed with durability, as well as great beauty, Emperador Dark is a compact, fine-grained stone that allows multiple finishing. This sophisticated and elegant stone is extracted from the area around the town Novelda, Spain, a major center of the marble industry. Emperor Dark features a range of dark rich browns and grays, and it’s normal to see white crystals and veins that are concentrations of white and clear calcite.

Breccia Sarda

Breccia Sarda is a consistently dark cream or beige colored marble with well-distributed pinkish veining that harmonizes to create a soft, luxurious feel. This elegant and refined stone is extracted in the area of Orosei, in the region of Sardinia, Italy.

Sequoia

Sequoia marble from Italy is an exotic stone that stands out for its specific hardness. The coloring ranges from grey to soft brown and the beautiful veining that recalls wood grain makes this stone quite unique.

These four stunning marble selections are just a few in our extensive collection of designer stones. We offer the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by and browse any time!

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A Look at Four Exotic Granites

Fusion Granite from Brazil

Did you know that Prestige Marble & Granite specializes in unique and rare natural stone?  These “designer” stones are sourced from quarries around the world, in places such as Brazil, India, Ukraine, Turkey and Africa, to name a few.  Most natural granite slabs suitable for use in countertop applications, regardless of their rarity or abundance, have similar inherent qualities of strength and durability, but exotic granites are rarer in terms of color, pattern and beauty.

While the more abundant granite varieties often have more uniform and consistent veining and patterning, designer or exotic stones will generally have more irregular patterns, also known as “movement,” which is desirable. Colors in high-end designer stones are rarer, or even one-of-a-kind.

It is the rare, precious materials of our exotic collection that will ensure a unique look for your home improvement project, nearly guaranteeing a kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity not seen anywhere else, or certainly not in your area.

Here’s a look at four exotic granites from our designer collection. Keep in mind that pictures don’t exactly convey the true colors and beauty of the granite, and patterns within a color will vary from slab to slab. We invite you to visit our showroom to view these unique beauties in person!

Fusion Granite

Dramatic and stunning “Fusion” granite from Brazil has swirls of blues, grays, greens and oranges, highlighted by cream fine veins. It reminds us of viewing the earth from space!

Volga Blue Granite

Extremely hard and durable, Volga Blue granite from Ukraine is a stunning stone that has earned its reputation as one of the most attractive stones on the market. Dense, black mineral deposits give an effect that almost looks like shattered glass, but it’s the exquisite blue mineral deposits that give this stone its name.

Audax Granite

This extraordinary Audax polished granite from Brazil mixes rich chocolate and glittery gold tones with warm charcoal gray hues, broken up with chunks of light-reflecting quartz.

Magma Gold Granite

Magma Gold from Brazil has a stunning combination of black, charcoal, rusts, and glittering gold streaks of high variation. This natural stone demands being the center of attention in any room with its dramatic veins and true organic beauty.

These four stunning granites are just a few in our extensive collection of designer stones! We offer the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by and browse any time.

 

Ideas for Incorporating Autumn Colors in your Decor

The change of seasons often has us craving a color change in our interiors. Fall warrants spicy, warm colors that are rich and cozy. From hues of chocolate brown and golden yellow to burnt orange and lipstick red, here’s a look at how pops of autumnal color can add intensity and depth to your interior spaces.

Spicy pumpkin colored throws are a perfect autumn accent in this creamy colored room.

Whether your goal is to celebrate Autumn or Tennessee Football, the bright pops of orange in this neutral bath fill the bill.
Instant autumn color: bring in autumn leaves still on the branch and place them in a vase for an easy (and pretty!) temporary centerpiece.
Get creative with what you have on hand. Create an autumn display on a sideboard, buffet or credenza, with perhaps just a few props from the hobby store.
Drape a sofa with a richly colored blanket in spicy hues for an instant punch of autumn color.
This simple, yet elegant table proves you don’t have to pull out all the bells and whistles to make a stunning fall statement!
Use robust red and brown accents with a predominately neutral palette to bring richness and depth to a space.
A powder room or guest bath is a perfect place for having some fun with your decor. Switch out towels temporarily to seasonal colors and include some fall-scented candles.

 

Prestige Marble and Granite is your Middle Tennessee source for stone countertops, custom fabricated from nature’s finest materials, including rare marble and exotic granite.