About Our Stone
At Amanzi, we pride ourselves on offering you the widest selection of premium stones. Whether your taste is for bold, dramatic marble countertops, the rugged durability of granite, or an elegant natural stone such as quartz, our highly-experienced staff will walk you through our large showroom and help you pick just the right stone. And all of our countertops are of the highest quality material available—and that’s guaranteed!
What you should know about our stone…
First let us introduce you to the various stones you can select for your new countertop. Be sure and check our tips for care and maintenance with the link above that will keep your countertop looking as new as the day we installed it.
Granite is an igneous rock, which is the oldest type of all rocks, and made up of crystals. Granite is common and widely occurring, and is usually found in the continental plates of the earth’s crust. The word granite derives from the Latin word granum, which means grain. Typically, granite is medium to coarse grained in texture, and is virtually always massive, hard and tough. This material has garnered widespread usage in building construction and is one of the hardest stones available. The color of granite can be white, pink, gray, and even black. Granite, with its dense grain, polishes to a beautiful high gloss, and is hardy to all environmental conditions.
Marble is a metamorphic rock, which is made up of re-crystallized calcite or dolomite. The term marble is used by geologists to refer to Metamorphosed limestone. The word marble is derived from a Greek word meaning crystallized rock or shining stone. It is commonly used for sculpture and as a rugged building material. However, marble is not as hard as granite, and is prone to chipping and cracking. Marble is not generally suitable for environments susceptible to harsh pollutants, chemicals, or dyes, due to its proneness to staining. Most marbles can hold a high polish, and comes in a wide variety of colors, including pure white, gray, blue, green, purple and yellow, with a wide range of hues within each.
Quartz countertops are very much like granite, but require no maintenance. They are very hard, stain resistant, scratch resistant, and are NSF approved for use in restaurants. Learn more about Quartz by visiting our Quartz Suppliers below:
Limestone is a sedimentary rock, which, like marble is made up of calcites and dolomites. But limestone is softer and easier to form. Organic limestone is made up of the skeletal fragments of marine organisms like coral. The great pyramid of Giza is found to be made entirely of limestone. Many medieval buildings, such as churches and castles in Europe are made of this material. However, limestone does not hold a polish, and is very susceptible to staining and discoloration, therefore not suitable for environments exposed to the elements. Today, limestone is typically used in tiles, slabs, and for decorative garden products. It is a favorite of sculptors, due to its suitability for carving. The color variations of limestone are limited to whites and grays.
Travertine, a sedimentary rock, is a type of limestone. It is formed by calcium carbonate, and often found in limestone caves. Travertine is often used in construction. The Romans built the Colosseum mostly from travertine. Today, its uses commonly include facades, wall cladding, and flooring. Chicago’s Sears Tower has lobby walls made of travertine. Although difficult to maintain and finish, travertine can be polished or honed.
For pure opulence, nothing compares to Onyx. Because of its translucency, onyx may be backlit to highlight its beauty. It is available in light shades like white and cappucino, but also in more robust colors like esmeralda, passion red, amber, tiger and caramel with much distinctive veining.