Allowing yourself to be enchanted by unexpected colours, light, shadows and veins that appear to be constantly moving and interweaving, come together, and move on the surface like waves of water means allowing yourself to be enchanted by the world’s most precious marbles, granites, and natural stones.
Carrara’s White Statuario marble is one of the world’s most valuable marbles. Few materials can match its translucent shine and very compact structure. The white statuario venato marble, which contains veins in different colours of grey of varying widths, and the white statuario extra marble, with incredibly thin and hardly visible veins, are two of the most common forms of this material. Even if the second is a one-of-a-kind example of artistic perfection and grandeur, both of these attributes are very valued. Throughout history, many Italian painters have produced true masterpieces with statues: consider Canova’s “Grazie” and “Amore e Psiche,” as well as Michelangelo’s David, which was carved in a single block. This material now represents grandeur and splendour, particularly for roofing and furnishing features like fireplaces, sculptures, and unique design creations.
Calacatta is one of the most valuable and sought-after Italian marbles, particularly for high-end projects and beautiful furnishings. This marble, extracted from the Carrara quarries, has been utilised in the most exclusive projects since the Renaissance for its delicate splendour and capacity to communicate the most exquisite aesthetic luxury with extraordinary elegance. Calacatta marble has a crystalline white foundation. However, we may have varied varieties depending on the colour of the veins: the Calacatta Caldia is excellent in colours of mint green, while the Calacatta Crema is excellent in light beige to ivory tones. The Calacatta Oro, which offers the exquisite veins in yellow-gold that shine on the white surface of the base, is unique, sought-after, and spectacular in its cryptic transparencies and the brightness of its surface.
The Sicilian Diaspro marble is mined in the Custonaci Mountains in Trapani’s region. This rare Italian breccia marble boasts intense red, scarlet, yellow, and gold tones, as well as crisp white veins. Diaspro Di Sicilia Marble is a one-of-a-kind marble perfect for kitchen countertops, bathroom counters, fireplaces, and custom furniture, which creates a delightful sensation of warmth and comfort. Diaspro, one of the world’s most valuable stones, has long been sought after by princes and monarchs who desired it for their churches, castles, and mausoleums. The Sicilian Diaspro marble was used in the magnificent works of art of Florence’s “Opificio delle Pietre Dure,” a place founded by Ferdinando I de Medici in 1588.
Brèche du Bénou Marble
The Brèche du Benou is a colourful gravelly structure in vivid yellow and green tones, up to pink, with a beautiful pattern. This rare marble has always been utilised for significant projects such as the décor of the Palace of Versailles (particularly the magnificent fireplaces) and the interiors of prominent historic buildings around Europe. Its vibrant polychrome is a wonderful work of art that looks well in classic and contemporary settings.
Bianco Thassos Marble
The White Thassos marble from Greece is a highly valuable material. Its value comes from its fine grain, which gives it a crystalline feel, and its pure white backdrop is free of veins and intrusions. The slabs are often tiny and hand-picked for their more natural hue. The most appropriate processing is polishing because of the material’s inherent beauty, which makes it exceptionally dazzling and excellent for improving any structure style. White Thassos Extra marble is often used for interiors, ornamental items, and high-end flooring. The mixture of other darker marbles, such as the Black of Belgium, the Portoro, or the Botticino marble, frequently enhances its exceptional whiteness.
Belgian Black Marble
Elegance is the most accurate and comprehensive description of this magnificent Belgian marble, which has a deep black backdrop with a faint dazzling white dotting. This feature offers the material a unique and unusual look, making it ideal for use in both interior design – such as stairwells, floors, and counters – and outdoor preparation. In terms of finishing, polishing is the most suggested method since it is especially well suited to highlighting the aesthetic attributes of this rarest natural stone.
Portoro Marble, aka Portovenere.
An extremely valuable marble, beginning with the limited quarries that extract it in the province of La Spezia and continuing with the problems associated with the conservation of the surrounding environment, which necessitate a particularly laborious extraction. The Black Italian Portoro is a lovely marble with a strong and bright black colour and golden veins alternating with pale regions of varying sizes. There are eight varieties in its palette, ranging from yellow veins for its large stain’ up to the Black and White of La Spezia, where the white spot dominates the grey-black backdrop. Black Portoro was a favourite of Cosimo I De Medici. This natural stone was used to create some of the finest works of art of the Italian Renaissance in Florence in the 16th century.
Natural Stone – Amazonite Granite
When you look at a block of Amazonite, a rare Brazilian granite, it’s as if you’re looking at a modern piece of art. Its wonderfully dynamic structure. The Amazonite has the ability to attract people who get close enough to look at it, and its worth adds to the allure. This material is mostly utilised in luxury interior design as a coating with an open-book stain finish in tiny areas, particularly niches in showers, to accentuate the en Plein air feeling. Because Amazonite is not frost resistant, it is unlikely to be utilised in outdoor projects.
An extremely rare and precious natural stone: the blue Sodalite is an intense material that amazes with its variegated colours that range from sky blue to cobalt to reach the shimmering shades of lapis lazuli. Its blocks of uniform hue, free of stains or veins, are also lovely and valuable, giving a disruptive perfection as if miraculously enveloped in an astonishing depth of colour. This natural stone has made a name for itself in the design of high-end interiors, where it has been used for cladding and highly ornamental components such as fireplaces, niches, and columns. Blue Sodalite is very popular for building wet spaces like bathtubs, spas, and swimming pools, thanks to its particularly calming tint.