Q: What Other Factors Affect the Price?

A: A multitude of factors come into play when determining the cost of a particular stone at any given time. Market demand, quality, ease of extraction, availability, and transportation are a few notable variables. The advantage to making cost an issue is that it opens the door to exploring alternatives based on the original parameters.  Within a particular material, efficiency of lay-out for the slab sizes available, and logistics of getting to the point of use are the most prevelent factors.