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 a good quality and is very good value.

Phyllite is a “metamorphosed” slate. That means it has been subjected to extreme heat and pressure in the earth’s core and has been transformed into a much harder material than the original slate. In the same way that limestone turns into marble, slate turns into Phyllite. The resulting stone has a surface that reflects light rather than absorbs light as a normal slate would do.

Phyllite is far less common than regular slate. Around 600 million years ago, when the American and European continents were still joined together, the seam of phyllite was created in the earth’s crust. Over millions of years, the continents moved apart and now Phyllite is quarried in South America, Spain, Cornwall, Wales and Cumbria.

So, if you like the colouring of slate but need something that it going to be even harder wearing and slightly more reflective, then you might like to consider using Phyllite. Get in touch with us if you would like to see samples of either material.