Marble Veining

Marble veining

Marble Veining is a topic that is in fact a question. This topic/question roams the landscape of the stone industry in 2018 and has been out there for years, if not centuries. Perhaps the best idea here is to develop a brief understanding of marble and then move on to veins and veining. Let’s do this!

Marble stirs the imagination in many ways. We see it as a flooring, a wall covering, countertops, mosaics, vanity tops, and as perhaps the highest of art forms: sculpture. A pure definition for the layman is offered by dictionary.com as: metamorphosed limestone, consisting chiefly of recrystallized calcite or dolomite, capable of taking a high polish, occurring in a wide range of colors and variegations and used in sculpture and architecture”. Fair enough! 

Marble veining
Lincoln Memorial via WikiCommons

Historically, we have the Taj Mahal,  the Lincoln Memorial in the United States (above), the Statue of David, and quite possibly your local government buildings, as magnificent examples. This is, of course, a great resume but then again this is a great stone that has become a classic interpretive medium.

Marble also offers a wide range of color possibilities. White, beige, gray, black, blue, brown, pink…etc. The color ranges are clearly comprehensive and offer something for almost anyone. Finishes are a long suit of this stone. You may choose from polished, honed, “leathered”, antiqued, and more.

Marble veining
Fusion Polished Marble

We have now given a quick brief on marble in general. Now let’s address the question at hand which is: What is Marble Veining? Take a peek above at one of our classic slabs. This is our Fusion Polished Marble and is one of the most dramatic examples of veining in marble. It is important to understand that this is “inherent and desired” and adds immeasurably to the dramatic performance of the material.

What causes the veining? Since we don’t wish to devolve into a science class, why not think of the cause of veining as the result of impurities like silt, clay, oxidized iron, and more. They were in the stone originally and manifested themselves as veins over time. We will let that suffice.

Another thing to understand about veining is how the visual presents itself based on the manner in which the stone is cut. “Vein Cut” is a block that been “sliced” along the plane of the stone bed it was taken from. “Cross Cut” indicates the block being cut perpendicular to the plane of the bed and tends to eliminate the appearance of layers yielding a more “cloudy” appearance. Both are great and a matter of personal expression or taste.

So there you have a few things on marble veining. Thanks for reading!

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