Do you live in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or nearby areas and are looking for beautiful marble and other natural stones to use in your kitchen, bathroom or other interior and exterior décor?
Then Tri-State Stone of Newark and West Long Branch, New Jersey, is the company for you.
Browse through the gallery of marble photos displayed here on our website or, better still, drop into our Newark and West Long Beach showrooms in New Jersey to appreciate for yourself the high quality and beauty of the marble slabs we sell.
Call Toll Free (973) 344-7220(973) 344-7220 or (732) 870-6900(732) 870-6900 and we’ll be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
What is Marble?
Marble originated thousands of years ago when the layers of carbonate rocks (specifically limestone and dolomite) lying beneath the earth’s surface were exposed to intense geothermic heat and the internal pressures of geological movements and recrystallized into the beautiful natural stone we know today.
The beautifully colored veins and swirls that are one of the most striking features of marble result from impure mineral particles such as sand, clay, silt, chert and iron oxide that existed as layers or grains in the limestone or dolomite prior to its metamorphosis. As the carbonate rocks transformed into marble, these impurities were destroyed but left behind their mark in the form of striations and and patterning that makes marble such an attractive natural stone to use in interior and exterior decor.
Green veined marble results from either dolomite that originally contained silica impurities or limestone containing a high percentage of magnesium. There is also a wide array of other colors of marble, ranging in tone from yellow, pink, bronze, blue, beige, grey and black. The whitest marble results from metamorphosis of limestone in its purest form, with few or no impurities.
Half of the world’s marble comes from Italy, China, India and Spain.
Marble as a construction material
The great beauty of marble is that no two slabs are ever quite alike. It is a relatively soft natural stone and so is ideal for shaping into different forms – which is why it has proved such a popular material for sculpting over the centuries.