Stones can have many aliases. This is due to language differences, supplier choice, coloquial trends or slang, or sometimes errors and ambiguity between rocks. Read more here.
|Bianco Carrara Statuario, Statuary White|
Commercial classification sometimes differs to the scientific, geological designation. In particular, some limestones are deemed marble especially if they take a high polish. Read more here.
|Petrographic assignment||Metamorphite – Marble|
|Age||140 million years (Jurassic)|
|Colouring minerals:||White calcite, grey graphite, olive-greenish serpentinite|
MOHS is the standard scale of hardness for minerals 1-10, with 10 being the MOHS of diamond. We also use the broad terms Hard and Soft for simplicity. Read more here.
A close relative of Carrara Marble, from which Michelangelo made his statues.
Petrology:Very light, ivory-coloured, generous veins of graphite and serpentinite. Marble is crystalline lime, interspersed with limonite veins, also graphite veins occur; one of the oldest working materials of mankind.
Petrogenesis:Metamorphic recrystallisation of limestone with organic contents in the Apuan marble mountain range, Carrara-Massa-Pietra-Santa. Graphite was formed from the organic inclusions over the millions of years, which formed the grey veins. The statuario deposits have to be mined from under ground at great expense.