Marble is a metamorphic rock that forms when limestone is subjected to the heat and pressure of metamorphism. Marble is only a three on the Mohs hardness scale, so it is easy to carve and form.
Marble is extracted from a crystallized limestone, the fewer impurities contained in the marble the lighter the color. Marble that contains bituminous, clay or iron oxides produces a black, blue, gray, pink or yellow color. There is a wide variety of colors with various vein pigments. Typically marble is cream or grayish white in hue with dark veins. Veins in marble are formed from iron oxides, silt and other impurities.
Marble is extremely alluring and valued for its unparalleled aesthetic beauty, however most marble can be easily scratched or stained when not properly sealed. It is generally a good idea to use the marble in low traffic areas where it is likely to receive a more gentle treatment, versus the use in a kitchen area. Marble can withstand heat up to 450 degrees. Marble requires resealing twice a year, stains and spills must be cleaned immediately.
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