Stone Gallery Opens In Melbourne’s Dandenong South

Victoria Stone Gallery.

Our friends at Victoria Stone Gallery may be new to the area, but are certainly not new to the block. VSG are wholesale slab suppliers bringing to Melbourne a selection of some of the most beautiful natural stone. The team come from a background in stone, having been internationally immersed in the industry for fifteen years and counting.

Trendstone Quartz Comes To Victoria.

Here at Trendstone, we are proud to announce that VSG are the Victorian distributor of both Trendstone Quartz product lines. They are specialising in the recently unveiled marble-look range, which includes Calacatta inspired colours.

The Australian stone market is also excited about the arrival of Trendstone XL, the famous jumbo quartz slabs (3.4 x 1.9). The large size mean that you can have a 3.4 m long island top without any joins. Joins are minimised in general, production time is decreased so costs are saved for everyone involved. Trendstone XL are currently the biggest quartz slabs in Australasia. 

Online Collection.

Browse through the Victoria Stone Gallery online catalogue, whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect stone for your home or business, or just seeking inspiration. Their current stock is regularly updated online, so you can see for yourself the ever-growing selection of marble, quartzite, granite and travertine. 

Appointments can be arranged by email or phone to view the gallery. After admiring the showroom, the team will show you through the warehouse to help you find the right look for your project whether you’re renovating your kitchen benchtop, splash-back or office fit out. The space has been cleverly curated in a gallery style so a slab from each bundle is easily viewed at your leisure.

Victoria Stone Gallery have opened their doors to share their advice and project knowledge. From architectural design and selection, to post-installation, aftercare and maintenance, Victoria Stone Gallery have you covered.

We can’t wait to cross the ditch to check it out for ourselves!

What Is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?

Here’s a short article we found that is worth sharing to inform anyone new to home, kitchen and bathroom design the difference between quartz and quartzite. Their names may sound similar, but as stones they are totally different.
Here at Trendstone we distribute to stone fabricators nationwide and stock New Zealand’s largest range of natural and engineered stones – including quartz and quartzite. Our full range of granite, marble, quartz and quartzite is available for viewing on our website. We work with a range of fabricators across New Zealand, if you’d like more information on any of the stones or to be matched with a fabricator contact us here.


Trendstone Quartz 2

If you’re researching countertops for an upcoming kitchen remodel, quartz probably keeps popping up on sites like Pinterest and Houzz, or in the pages of your favorite design magazine. It’s become a design favorite in recent years, and it’s also the top-rated material in our countertop Ratings, given its ability to shrug off stains. You might also be seeing more references to quartzite, which sounds a lot like quartz and can look similar. But these are actually two separate materials with some very key distinctions.

Quartz used to be known as engineered stone, because it’s just that—a synthetic material that’s made in a factory out of stone chips, resins, and pigments. Quartzite, by comparison, is a metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. It’s extracted from a quarry and formed into finished slabs that become kitchen countertops, as well as tiles for floors, walls, and backsplashes.

Calacatta Quartzite

(Calacatta Quartzite)

A lot of quartzite has swirling white and gray coloring, two hues that have become extremely popular in kitchens over the last few years (in fact, they were the two color schemes used most in the kitchen by professional designers, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association). That’s driving more interest to the material.

We haven’t tested it in our labs, but quartzite is often compared to granite in terms of hardness and durability. It combines that toughness with the variegated patterning of marble, which makes for an alluring combination. The one caveat is that, like all natural stones, quartzite must be sealed periodically to protect it against wine, citrus, coffee, and other would-be stains.

Platinum White, Trendstone-Quartz

(Platinum White, Trendstone Quartz)

Because it’s non-porous, quartz does’t have to be sealed, making it much easier to maintain. The tradeoff is that, next to natural stone, with its unique spread of color and sparkle, quartz’s more uniform patterns can be a give away. But manufacturers are getting better at mimicking Mother Nature. We were particularly impressed by the exclusive patterns unveiled by Cambria at the 2016 Design & Construction Week, including the Brittanicca, which could be mistaken for certain cuts of quartzite.

As for price, quartz and quartzite are in the same higher-end category of countertop materials. But as with most natural stones, you might be able to find a scrap of quartzite at the local stone yard for a reduced price. Given the material’s growing popularity, that would be a pretty lucky find.

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