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MSI Presents New Rio Lago Pebble Mosaic Collection Colors

Posted on 28 July 2021 by cradmin4

MSI introduced three new color options with the Rio Lago Pebble Collection. Sliced Carrara White Pebble features neutral tones in marble, while Sliced Rainforest Pebble features a warm multicolor palette and Sliced Island Pebble Tumbled features shades of gray in quartzite.

The collection includes marble, travertine and limestone pebbles in a variety of colors and styles. No longer reserved for baths, a pebble backsplash can be utilized in many parts of the home including floors, accent walls, showers, backsplashes and fireplace facades.

In contrasting color palettes, textured patterns and premium finishes—including tumbled, polished and honed, this natural stone collection is suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces, according to the company.

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Artistic Tile Invisible Blue

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Artistic Tile Adds to Slab Gallery

Posted on 29 March 2021 by cradmin

Artistic Tile, home to hundreds of carefully-curated slabs from around the world, has announced the arrival of several new slab designs to its gallery.

Invisible Blue (pictured) is a sophisticated, variegated marble with a shimmering pale blue background traced with soft grey veins and bold swathes of golden taupe and graphite. It is stocked in 2cm (3/4-in.) polished slabs.

Vanilla Onyx brings a translucent, dreamy aspect ot any project. Its exotic beauty evokes soft moonlight; making Onyx a desired element in jewelry for centuries. Dramatic yet serene, Vanilla Onyx is exquisite in any setting.

A beautiful variety of classic Calacatta, Viola’s creamy white clasts float inside a rich red wine background. Sourced from one of Italy’s oldest quarries, this marble is stocked in 2cm thick slabs with a polished or leather finish.

Taj Mahal is a khaki-toned quartzite from Brazil with fine, rich veining. It is available in 3cm (1 1/4-in.) and 2cm (3/4- in.) polished slabs.

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Cosentino Adds to SENSA​ Protected Natural Stone Collection

Posted on 18 March 2021 by cradmin

Developed exclusively by Cosentino, Sensa is a maintenance-free premium natural stone with a revolutionary stain protection that, according to the company, rivals the performance of man-made surfacing. Every Sensa slab is different from the rest because each surface has exceptional veining that is found in no other. Sensa by Cosentino comes equipped with Senguard, a deep treatment applied during the manufacturing process that protects the stone, helping eliminate required sealing for years to come.

Six hues join the SENSA Premium collection, which offers protected granite and quartzite surfaces, providing a wider choice of striking designs.

  • Argenti Grey (pictured) ​boasts white horizontal veining across a striking dark surface.
  • Blue Jeans​ evokes the deepest of nature featuring tints of grey, tan and cream hues.
  • Nilo​ captures a dark grey background over striking faded grey veins.
  • Siberia​ features a white background speckled with small black points, evocative of white Siberian snow.
  • Vancouver​ is a beautiful quartzite from Brazil with detailed pink and gray veining.
  • Via Lattea features a black background accompanied by small and soft white veins.

Sensa by Cosentino also comes with a 15-year transferable warranty.

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Antolini Adds to Exclusive Stone Collection

Posted on 09 April 2020 by cradmin3

Antolini has recently made three new introductions to its Exclusive Stone Collection. Each carefully selected natural design stands for an unconstrained stylistic freedom. With worldwide exclusivity over the most astonishing materials and sole access to the quarries, Antolini is able to offer Mother Nature’s finest creations, in multiple finishes, through a select network of distributors and partners.

Crema Cielo (pictured above) features cascading delicate and soft hues that descend sinuously and create an admirable kinship throughout the surface of this fine marble. The fluent Crema Cielo enhances the spaces and gives a sense of lightness and spontaneity thanks to the wavy streams that allow a constantly evolving smooth shape.

Louise Blue features Mediterranean aqua hues that settle into a deep green emerald tide as colors bleed into one another like delta waters. This quartzite, a work of art created by the heart of the earth, is a symbol of unintentional creativity that’s been alive much longer than Mankind’s imagination

Quartzite Celadon is a unique unity of modern, contemporary design with the timeless look of natural stone. The grey and white ribbons of Quartzite Celadon gracefully cascade into the design.

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Artistic Tile Introduces Colorful New Slabs

Posted on 21 February 2020 by cradmin

Luxury stone and tile distributor, Artistic Tile, has introduced a variety of colorful slabs to its offerings. Artistic Tile brand products are distributed through Artistic Tile showrooms and more than 150 dealers across the United States and abroad.

Quarried in Iran, Verde Tifone is a celebration of the entire spectrum of green, in a marble slab. It is stocked in 2cm polished.

Cosmopolitan, a 2cm polished Quartzite from Brazil, has one extra feature – when back-lit, it shows off a translucence with colors of sangria to flaming orange to palest silvery pink, with inky merlot veins.

Amazonite is a striking cerulean green polished quartzite with rarity and watery beauty that have been noted for generations.

Quarried in Brazil, Patagonia granite has a soft beige foundation with bright splashes of transparent material and large floating clasts. Available in 3cm polished slabs.

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Antolini Introduces Cristallo Rosa Wow

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Antolini Introduces Cristallo Rosa Wow

Posted on 26 September 2019 by cradmin

Antolini has introduced a new Exclusive Stone: Cristallo Rosa Wow. With the pale pink hues, this Quartzite is magnificent and like nothing else on the planet. It resembles a floral, spring essence, as well as the pink beaches of the Bahamas and an aerial view of the pink salt lakes around the globe. Cristallo Rosa Wow will allow any viewer’s mind to continually wander with its bountiful evocations that this incredible creation by Mother Nature exudes.

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Video: Scratch and Acid Testing Granite, Quartzite and Marble

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Video: Scratch and Acid Testing Granite, Quartzite and Marble

Posted on 20 December 2018 by cradmin

While we do not know the details of the claims made by the consumer made in this video nor do we validate them, we believe that there is a teachable moment here, probably more than a few. What we found of most interest in this video is the relatively simple way that testing can show the difference between marble, quartzite and granite.

This video shows three tests – an etching test, and two different scratch tests, based on the Mohs scale, that can be performed to show the differences in hardness and resistance to acid etching. That is not to say that all three materials cannot be scratched or damaged, just that there are differences.

As to the claims made by author of the video, as to the product misrepresentation, there is no documentation of any kind shown in the video that states he was told he was being sold quartzite, and frankly it is not our intention to address any claims made by either party. Simply the idea is to show the testing processes and the differences in materials.

Overall, an educated fabricator is certainly a better fabricator and is in a position to better educate their customers and set expectations no matter the product they choose. And, expectation setting is key to having happy, well-informed customers.

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Weha Offers Carbon Fiber Rodding Bars

Posted on 01 February 2018 by cradmin

Weha Carbon Fiber Rodding BarsThe Weha Carbon Fiber rodding is the latest technology in fiberglass rodding for granite, all natural stones, engineered stones and quartz counter top applications. The rodding bars are available in pre-cut 4 ft. (48 in.) length in bundles of 100. The product allows for no more unraveling of rodding stands or rolls.

The 48 in. length will extend past any sink. Simply cut with a grinder or bolt cutters to the length you need and glue it in. It is made with a high concentration of fiberglass strands throughout the entire profile, reportedly making the rodding stronger than traditional white fiberglass rodding.

Weha has also added an additional top and bottom layer of high tensile strength carbon on both sides to increase the strength of the product. According to the company this makes the Weha Carbon Fiber Rodding one of the strongest granite fiberglass rodding that can be used.

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MSI Introduces Mini Stacked Stone Panel Collection

Posted on 02 January 2018 by cradmin

MSI Mini Stacked Stone

M S International (MSI) has introduced Mini Stacked Stone panels to its collection. Designed to fit perfectly under cabinets for easy backsplash installation, these 4.5- by 6- in. petite panels also work well for feature walls, accent borders, niches—or nearly any vertical space, even outdoors.

Feauturing natural stones such as slate, marble, quartzite and traverine, the Mini Stacked Stone Panel Collection offers diverse options to complement a variety of decor choices.

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MIA+BSI Releases Quartzite Technical Bulletin

Posted on 27 July 2017 by cradmin

A new technical bulletin about quartzite has been added to MIA+BSI’s Natural Stone Resource Library.



The bulletin, written by geologist and educator Karin Kirk, covers properties of quartzite, understanding the difference between quartzite and other stones, and basic diagnostic tests that can be used to determine whether or not a stone is a genuine quartzite.

To access this technical bulletin and other free technical resources, visit naturalstoneinstitute.org/resourcelibrary.

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