At Exotic Stone we carry a variety of granite, marble, and quartz for countertops, tiles, backsplashes, bath and shower surrounds. We also offer custom cutting for bathrooms, fireplaces and signs. Located in Victoria, BC and serving all of Vancouver Island, we have in-town and in-house fabrications, so you can either pick up your order or have our team of experienced professionals install it for you.
Granite is a very strong, durable, scratch resistant and easy to maintain surface. If sealed properly, Granite won’t absorb liquid or stains, won’t harbor bacteria, and can handle some heat from appliances or warm pots. It’s naturally cool surface is great for rolling candy or dough. Annual resealing of the countertops keeps this beautiful stone looking great and protected from everyday wear and tear.
Readily available in many shapes, patterns and thicknesses, Granite is a great choice if you want to bring a sense of luxury into your home. We have precut slabs to choose from as well as the ability to custom cut and edge according to your project. With proper care and a little annual maintenance, your granite countertops can last a lifetime.
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Slabs of this natural stone are colored all the way through with many different patterns of veins, specks and swirls to choose from. Once cut and polished, every luminous piece is a unique one-of- kind treasure. Its beauty combined with its hard and tough properties is what makes it so desirable. One of the best known igneous rocks, Granite is made up of large, course-grained, random arrangements of tightly packed minerals formed under the conditions of intense heat, solidified from magma. Classic granite has a salt and pepper look. The minerals quartz and feldspar endow granite its lighter coloring of pinks and whites, while the most common black minerals in granite are black mica and black amphibole.
Used thousands of years ago by the ancient Egyptians, Granite has been quarried for use in construction, columns, monuments, sculptures and other decorative elements. Some of the most famous monuments and memorials are made of granite. Mount Rushmore, Diana Princess of Whales Memorial Fountain, and the architecture and carvings at the world heritage site of Mahabalipuram in India, just to name a few.
For more information about Granite or our selection of Granite products please give a call at 250-881-1001 and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.
Quartz countertops are a low maintenance, durable, and contemporary option for your rooms. Although quartz countertops are fairly new on the scene compared to natural stone, they offer a very easy care surface with many variations of color, patterns and finishes to choose from. Unlike natural stone, Quartz never needs to be sealed or polished. Other than daily cleaning with soap and water, Quartz countertops are virtually maintenance free. It is non porous, non absorbent, and stain and scratch resistant. Sleek and modern, Quartz is a very attractive surface.
Since Quartz countertops are man-made, both color and pattern are consistent throughout the entire piece. Quartz can be polished, honed, sandblasted and embossed. Quartz countertops give you unlimited color options never before available in stone. From brilliant vivid hues to earthy and even natural looking stone-like patterns with sparkle and veining. Because it is easily manufactured into unique sizes and shapes, you can even do circles and curves. Quartz is not recommended for outdoor use as the elements can cause colors to fade. Also, Quartz needs to be professionally installed as it is heavier than granite.
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Quartz is a very common and abundant mineral found in the earth’s crust. A hard, white and colorless mineral, chemically quartz is silica, or silica dioxide. However, it is often colored by impurities, as in amethyst, citrine, and cairngorm. Quartz slabs, also known as ‘engineered’ stone, are engineered in a factory. Crushed quartz is combined with resins and then pigments are added to give it color and pattern. Sometimes glass or flecks of metallic are blended in too. Coarsely ground quartz will produce a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth look.
The process to engineer quartz into countertops wasn’t developed until the 1960’s, when new technologies allowed the process of mixing pulverized quartz crystal with resins to create this ‘engineered’ stone . Europe is where Quartz countertops first gained popularity. The use of Quartz continues to rise due to the exciting endless color and pattern options available.
Historically, varieties of Quartz were used for jewelry, carvings, and other decorative items. In the 1880’s, piezoelectric properties (piezoelectricity is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials, such as crystals, in response to applied mechanical stress) were discovered in quartz, and began to be used in electronic production, detection of sound, and clocks and watches. Today the use of quartz continues to be valuable in our modern world to include the production of glass, computers, televisions, cell phones and a variety of electronic devices.
Please call us at 250-881- 1001 for more information about our Quartz selection or services. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.
Although Marble is a soft and porous stone, it is still quite durable if sealed properly. Used for both indoor and outdoor applications, Marble is a good choice if you want fancy edging or extra fabrication as it is easier to sculpt than most other natural stone. Its naturally elegant and cool surface makes it ideal for rolling out dough and pastries. Marble can also be used opulently for walls, stairs, flooring, sculptures, benches, and other decorative applications.
Available in many finishes, such as polished, tumbled, and honed, no two cuts of Marble will be alike, as various vein patterns and coloring make each piece unique. Even though Marble can be highly susceptible to acidic damage, cuts and stains, most damages can be repaired. If sealed when installed and then again every few years, maintaining the graceful finish of your Marble is worthwhile. Classically beautiful, Marble is a symbol of tradition and refined taste.
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Marble is metamorphosed limestone. It is composed of somewhat pure calcite, which is a form of calcium carbonate. Below the earth’s surface through heat, pressure and chemical processes, original limestone rocks re-crystallized together to form the very tight crystalline structure called Marble. Pure white marble is from very pure limestone. Marble with vein and swirl patterns come from the various minerals of clay, silt, sand, and iron oxides that were present in, or on, the limestone before it succumbed to these metamorphic processes.
Since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans, Marble has been prized for its ability to be sculpted and polished to a ‘waxy’ like finish allowing the stone to ‘glow’ or ‘come to life’. Throughout the world, historic and iconic examples of Marble buildings, sculptures and monuments remain, (the Parthenon in Athens, the Pisa Cathedral in Italy, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India), continuing to enchant and delight us with its beauty.
For more information about Marble and our selection please give a call at 250-881- 1001 and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.
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