Natural Stone Selection
Marble was favored by Greek and Roman sculptors and architects and has become a cultural symbol of tradition and refined taste. With its characteristic swirls and veins, extensive variations and colorful patterns, marble is a preferred decorative material. It is widely used for sculpture and as a building material for floors, countertops, fireplaces and sinks.
An igneous rock, granite is relatively non-porous and a popular choice for kitchen countertops due to its high durability as well as aesthetic qualities. With its multitude of varieties, functionality and elegance, granite has endured as a leading building material from antiquity to modern day, its uses limited only by the imagination.
Onyx is a form of quartz and its bands range in color from white to nearly every color of the rainbow. A highly valued semi-precious stone, onyx is finely grained, smooth and translucent in appearance. Backlighting an onyx slab creates a stunning presentation.
A metamorphic rock, unsealed soapstone presents a weathered or aged appearance that develops naturally over time as the patina is enhanced. Traditionally, mineral oil can be applied as a natural sealer. Soapstone is used for inlaid designs, sculpture, kitchen countertops, sinks, fireplaces and barbecues.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock that emerges from the Earth's surface in often spectacular rocky outcrops and islands. Because it is long-lasting and stands up well to exposure, limestone is very commonly found in architecture. Many landmarks across the world, including the Great Pyramid in Egypt, are made of limestone.
This terrestrial sedimentary rock was mined by the Romans. In fact, the largest building in the world that is constructed mostly of travertine is the Colosseum in Rome. Travertine continues to be one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture -- notably, the Getty Center in Los Angeles -- which showcases extensive use of travertine that was imported from Tivoli and Guidonia.
Exquisite black marble slabs threaded with gold -- limestone slabs with 70 million year old fossils -- rich royal blue slabs with semiprecious sodalite -- these are just a few examples of the magnificent and truly one-of-a-kind exotic stones showcased at Stone West.