Q: What Are Some of the Factors That Affect the Appearance of Stone?

A: Variegated or veined stone, like marble, is “faulted” by nature and although it makes for a remarkable aesthetic, the material is not usually used for exterior use and has a greater value when applied to interior installations that highlight the decorative element. With extremely light colored marbles and onyxes the crystal composition creates translucence which is also an interesting quality for decorative purposes. The light transmitted varies depending on the thickness and finish of the stone. Given the structural capacities are taken into account for practical applications of the stone, in terms of appearance alone consumers should be prepared for a realistic amount of variations in each piece.