Slate & Phyllite

Amarestone sources slate and phyllite from Brazil, Spain and the UK. Both these types of natural stone are suitable as flooring, cladding and bespoke items. Most people are familiar with the black slate which is actually more of an anthracite grey colouring but other colours are also available such as “Grey-Green” and “Multi-coloured”. The Brazilian stone is generally…

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Onyx

Onyx has a long history of use in carving and for jewellery, where it is usually cut as a cabochon or into beads. It was used in Egypt as early as the Second Dynasty to make bowls and other pottery items. Onyx was also known to the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Today it is probably best known for its translucent qualities and is often…

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Travertine

Travertine forms from geothermal springs, hence the naturally occurring holes, and was frequently used as a construction stone. The Romans used travertine in many impressive buildings such as the Colosseum, the largest building in the world constructed mostly of travertine. Until the 1980s, Italy had a near-monopoly on the world travertine market; now significant supplies…

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Sandstone

Italian, Spanish and English Sandstone Sandstone is a popular building and paving material and has been used for construction since prehistoric times. It has also been used to create ornamental fountains and statues. Some sandstones are resistant to frost and weathering but not all so it is important to choose the right type when using…

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