Is Fantasy Brown a Marble or Quartzite?

There’s a lot of speculation over what sort of natural stone catgeory Fantasy Brown falls under. Read on for the answer!

Is Fantasy Brown a Marble or Quartzite?

Fantasy Brown has landed in Australia! But there’s a bit of speculation over what sort of natural stone it is. Is it a Marble or a Quartzite? Long answer short, it’s a…

Marble vs Quartzite – What are the differences?

VSG answer one of the most commonly asked question in the stone industry – how do Marble and Quartzite stack up against each other? This article gives you a quick geological run down between these two very popular natural stones.

Marble vs Quartzite – What are the differences?

Marble vs quartzite? Both are both naturally occurring rocks, that share similarities. Though they share certain functions and physical features, marble and quartzite differ greatly in geology so in turn, performance as a benchtop material.

How Hard is Natural Stone? An Infographic

How does marble, dolomite, granite and quartzite stand up against eachother? Where does Quartz fit in? Check out this infographic by Victoria Stone Gallery.

How Hard is Natural Stone? An Infographic

Comparing the performance of marbles, granites and quartzites is never easy, but is absolutely crucial when choosing a piece. As the slabs are completely natural, each is made up with individual mixtures of similar minerals. This is how we categorise stone into types, granite, marble etc. With natural stone, no two pieces are exactly alike, in look or in composition. This uniqueness is the magic of natural stone!

Stone Benchtop Factors to Consider

Check out this infographic we found from Victoria Stone Gallery on what stone benchtop factors to consider. TrendStone Quartz feature on it, see how we come out amongst other types of stone.

Stone Benchtop Factors to Consider – Victoria Stone Gallery

There are a few important things to factor in in terms of practicality, your lifestyle, budget and of course the look that you’re going for in your kitchen. But don’t let that daunt you – there’s an option for everyone. We’ve put together a quick glance at what stone benchtop factors we think might help when considering your choices.

Alternatives To Marble – An Infographic

Alternatives To Marble | Victoria Stone Gallery – Infographic

As the consumer becomes more educated, many are aware of the stresses of having marble in the home can bring. When caution is exercised, sealers are applied and care is taken, marble can last many lifetimes. In today’s busy world, that isn’t always achievable.


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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