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 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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