Company News: Day Trip to Decolores Mármores e Granitos in Brazil

Prestige Marble & Granite

IMG_1368 2 copyby Aaron Cook

We’ve had a busy Spring, filled with exciting trade shows and events, the acquisition of super-cool new equipment, and shopping for truckloads of beautiful and unique new stones. One of the highlights of our Spring Renewal was a day trip to an ornamental stone factory in Brazil. While granite does come out of the ground (quarries, to be exact), the huge chunks of rock (and I mean HUGE) have to be cut and processed before they end up in showrooms like Prestige Marble & Granite.  It was such an interesting experience – Brazil stands out for being the country with the greatest diversity of ornamental stones in the world, besides having one of the largest existing reserves – and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience it first-hand and to share what I have learned with our customers!

Decolores Mármores e Granitos
A stunning first impression of Decolores MáMores e Granitos!

This Brazilian factory, Decolores Mármores e Granitos, is located in the municipality of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, in the state of Espírito Santo. The town is the economic hub of southern Espírito Santo, and is the most important producer of marble and granite in Brazil.

Our factory tour began inside, with the attractive stone-filled offices.

Then, the real fun began, as our tour moved out into the factory. Here’s a look at the fascinating Pedrini machine. It uses diamond wires to cut massive blocks of stone into 28 slices, 1-1/4″ thick, in just four to six hours. The water flows constantly to keep the wires from burning up, but it is 100% recycled, so there is zero waste.

Another interesting factory show to watch was the resin-filling process. Some (not all) of the exotic stones are filled with resin because they have natural micro-fissures. The resin is applied with a squeegee-like tool, and the slabs are then run through a special convection oven on a conveyer to cure. The process fills the minute cracks, improving the qualities of the natural stone and ensuring that your beautiful stone is virtually free of defects.

It was just amazing to see these huge cut and uncut blocks of stone!

Cut and uncut blocks of stone

And did I mention the fabulous view?

Cut and uncut blocks of stone

 

We’re your Middle Tennessee source for high quality, rare and exotic natural stones. We have something for every taste and every budget. Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time! 

 

YETI® Roadie 20 Giveaway Contest

Yeti Roadie Giveaway Contest

It’s Time for Another Refer-a-Friend Contest!

Here’s your chance to win a YETI® Roadie 20 – a $250 value!

It’s easy to participate – just enter your email address in the sign up form to win. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a unique link back to this contest. Copy the referral link provided after form submission.

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1. You must be a Tennessee resident, aged 13 or over, to enter.
2. Winner must pick their prize at Prestige Marble & Granite, Columbia, TN within 14 days.
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4. Contest ends April 29 at 12:00pm.
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Spring Renewal at Prestige Marble & Granite

Vitoria Stone Fair 2016 in Brazil
Vitoria Stone Fair 2016 in Brazil – With over 25,000 visitors from 57 countries and more than 1200 types of rocks, this largest ornamental stone fair in Latin America showed the trends for 2016, as well as machines, equipment and supplies.
Aaron Cook at Stone Expo
Prestige owner Aaron Cook purchasing a new state-of-the-art polishing machine at the StoneExpo‬ in Las Vegas (part of the International Surface event, TISE)

Spring is a time for refreshing and renewing; and Prestige Marble & Granite is no exception. Our Spring renewal each year begins with attending national and international stone fairs and expos, where we meet with other industry pros and suppliers, get the scoop on upcoming trends for using natural stone in interior design, as well as learn about the latest and greatest in fabrication technology. After walking what feels like thousands of miles on convention hall floors and networking with hundreds of fellow “stone people,” our  Spring refresh culminates with a big buying trip, allowing us to bring you the best and most beautiful in natural stone for your interior design projects.

This year our Spring Renewal brings you four truckloads of stunning new stones! Here’s a look at some of our new favorites. ( Keep in mind that pictures don’t exactly convey the true colors and beauty of the stones, 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!)

CREMA BORDEAUX

Crema Bordeaux slab

Crema Bordeaux is famous for its amazing colors and is often said to resemble the planet Jupiter with its swirling pink and cream patterns. While there is no standard predominant color for this granite, you can expect a combination of certain minerals and colors in varying levels of saturation. You’ll find creamy golden tones combined with red hues that range from soft pink to golden orange to rusty burgundy. Grey to dark blue mineral deposits ground the red tones, making this stunning stone easy to integrate in most any design scheme.

PURPLE DUNES

Purple Dunes slab

This distinctive granite from Brazil has dramatic veining in deep purples, golds, grays, creams, and browns. Purple Dunes is very durable, making it ideal for for interiors, well as landscaping projects and and outdoor kitchens in climates with freezing temperatures.

Life is Good

Life is Good granite

Don’t you love the soft, organic vibe of the directional veining in this blue marble? We’re wild about our new “Life is Good.” This stunning blue-hued slab has soft, but distinct diagonal streaks in shades of grey and beige, making it an elegant choice for both kitchens and baths.

VIENNA GRANITE

Vienna Granite slab

This beautiful slab of Vienna granite is fabulously modern in appearance with multi-directional veining and dramatic mineral deposits that really pop – giving the stone a modern edge. Vienna would be a stunning complement to any contemporary design!

These four beautiful 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.