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What is the difference between cross cut and vein cut stone?

Onyx is a perfect example of how the cut of a stone can dramatically influence its look and feel. Cross-cut and vein-cut are two different ways of cutting a stone that result in two very different appearances in the same material. When a stone slab is vein-cut, it is cut against the natural grain of…

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Popular stone finishes to create texture in your project

Over the last few years, alternative finishes for stone countertops have increased in popularity. While a polished finish used to be the most popular, our showrooms are now seeing more and more requests for finishes other than polished. Our clients are not only looking for exceptional quality but also for signature design elements that will…

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What does it mean to book match stone slabs?

Book matching occurs when two or more natural or engineered stone slabs are mirrored to match the pattern, movement, and veining found in the material. When the slabs are placed end to end, the veining and movement continue from one slab into the other, creating a continuous flow or pattern. Stones with strong movement and…

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From Fossil to Your Countertop: All About Petrified Wood

What is Petrified Wood and How Does it Form? Petrified Wood is a special type of fossil, its name meaning “wood turned into stone”.  Formed over millions of years when plant material is buried by sediment and protected from decay by oxygen and organisms, Petrified Wood undergoes a process known as permineralization to become a fossil. Ground…

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