Marble is a metamorphic rock formed from limestone that is known for it classic beauty. This stone has been used for many ancient buildings and sculptures that are still around today. Many people think of marble as being white but this stone comes in many different colors from white, beige, green, brown and black. Like many natural stones , color and veining varies between the different varieties. This stone is found most notably in the Alps of Italy but can be found in Turkey, India, Spain, Greece and the United States. Marble has a great ability to stay cool. That is why many bakers and chefs enjoy the benefit of this cool stone when working with dough, chocolate and pastries. This also makes is an ideal floor surface for areas in a warm climate.
Marble is not as hard as granite and can be scratched by a sharp knife. When cutting, we recommend using a cutting board. This not only protects your countertops but your knives as well. Marble is also a porous stone and needs to be sealed. If the stone is not sealed you will notice stains and etching due to acidic liquids (lemon juice, vinegar, etc.) reacting to the calcium in the stone. Of course the lighter the stone, the more noticable the stain. Even though marble remains cool, it is heat resistant. That means it will not melt, catch on fire or burn but we recommend using trivets. Remember, the stone is heat resistant, not the sealer. A properly sealed stone will last a long time.