Natural Stone 101

Kitchens for Living

Natural stone is sexy. If you want a countertop that makes a unique statement with lots of movement and natural variations I recommend natural stone. Granite is a natural stone that blends perfectly with so many styles. In terms of user friendliness and durability it usually comes down to natural stone or man made products such as quartz. This is also one of the most expensive of the natural stone choices.

Guest Post: Denise Daniels of MB Stone Care on Preserving Your Home’s Natural Stone Surfaces

JG Kitchens

Regular Gold Notes readers know that I’m a big fan of engineered stone and porcelain slab for their low maintenance properties. You also know that I consider Mother Nature to be the finest artist in the world and greatly admire the incomparable beauty of natural stone.


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How to Care for Natural Stone

Decorative Materials

Stone selection may be our forte at Decorative Materials, but we know that the journey doesn’t end after you’ve discovered the perfect natural stone surface. First, you need to know how to clean natural stone. How do you remove hard water stains from natural stone?

New! Natural Stone Panels and Corners


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Porcelain Paving Vs. Natural Stone

The London Tile Co.

It goes without saying that all paving materials will have pros and cons, but with porcelain fast becoming the material of choice for patios we wanted to see how it compares to another popular material: natural stone. The most common types of natural stone used for paving are sandstone, granite, slate and limestone – all of which have a beautiful natural look. NATURAL STONE. Natural material. Naturally textured but can become slippery.

Guest Post from Natural Stone Institute – Caring for your Natural Stone Surfaces at Home

JG Kitchens

There is no finer artist than Mother Nature. Her gifts of marble, onyx, granite, soapstone and other stones have been justly prized for millennia. Like a mane of glorious locks, natural stone surfaces require care to keep them at their best. So when the Natural Stone Institute offered a guest post on maintaining these materials, I gladly said yes. Caring for Natural Stone in the Kitchen and Bath. Know Your Stone.

Natural Stone Institute Scholarships

Stone Update

Jim Buth, Nichole Renko recipients of 2020 program. Featured Association Beat News



NATURAL STONE VENEER: THE BASICS. We are pleased to bring you the latest course developed in conjunction with the Natural Stone Institute of America. Natural Stone Thin Veneer: The Basics is accredited by AIA, ASID, ASLA, IDC, IDEC, IIDA and NKBA.

Natural Stone Institute: R.I.S.E. Home #28

Stone Update

Member provide natural stone, fabrication for special-needs veteran’s new home. Featured Association Beat News



THE ART OF SPECIFYING NATURAL STONE. This one-hour session is designed to give architects and designers an overview of how to specify natural stone. And finally, what factors affect the price of the stone you specify?

Schedule Your Virtual CEU: Natural Stone 101


NATURAL STONE 101: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DESIGNING WITH THE OLDEST BUILDING MATERIAL. This one-hour class is designed for construction industry professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material.

How to Keep Natural Stone Countertops Beautiful

CUSTOM Insights Blog

The versatility and beauty of marble, limestone, travertine, granite and other natural stone countertops make them extremely popular in kitchens around the country. Grease, wine, coffee, various sauces and other seemingly harmless food and beverages can actually have lasting and costly consequences if the proper precautions aren’t taken to protect and care for your natural stone countertops, which are a significant investment to any kitchen.

Natural Stone Institute: R.I.S.E. Home #29

Stone Update

Members aid with special-needs-home construction in Washington state. Featured Association Beat News

Jensen Joins Natural Stone Institute Exec Committee

Stone Update

Will start as board secretary and proceed to be group’s board president in 2024. Featured Association Beat News

Natural Stone Institute Testing Lab Noted

Stone Update

Facility gains recognition for stone, fixture analysis. Featured Association Beat News

Marvelous Marble Natural Stones

ISC Surfaces

Stelo Bianco Marble Bianco Lara Marble Check out these beautiful marbles from the ISC Surfaces Natural Stone Collection! ISC Surfaces stocks the most popular sizes in our natural stone collection for quick availability. For more details about our natural stone collection, please see our previous posting here. Even non-stock sizes are available within one to three weeks.

Natural Stone Institute: RISE Home #30

Stone Update

New special-needs residence in Massachusetts for U.S. Army captain. Featured Association Beat News

Bring Natural Stone Tile Flooring into Your Bedroom

Conestoga Tile Blog

Natural stone tile bedroom flooring is as durable as it is beautiful. Ideally suited for both traditional and modern design schemes, stone tile is an investment that will return considerable dividends as the years pass by. Source: Houzz When using natural stone tile, it is a good idea to balance it with soft touches throughout the room. As with all natural stone tile products, you will want to seal it.

Coldspring Named Natural Stone Institute CEU Educator of the Year

Stone Update

Natural-stone quarrier/processor holds 240+ classes for more than 2,700 design professionals. Featured Association Beat News

Tiles in Disguise: Wood, Brick & Natural Stone Effect Tiles

The London Tile Co.

From natural looking wood to vintage-style distressed brick, there’s no shortage of designs available. These tiles allow you to create the look of natural wood, stone & brick at a fraction of the cost and with little to no maintenance. Browse our range of natural and distressed style wood effect tiles online today. Stone Effect Tiles. We love the look of natural stone, but the price and level of maintenance can be offputting.

How To Care For Marble Or Natural Stone From?

How to Floor Tile

link] I personally do not advocate using Marble, Travertine and other natural stone in showers or wet areas because it is too soft and hard to maintain. I built this shower recently and all the tile looks like marble but it really is Porcelain and manufacturers copy natural stone for a reason. Trivets : While many stones can withstand heat, the use of trivets or mats is recommended. Sand, dirt and grit are abrasive and can damage natural stone.

Natural Stone Academy, Architectural Record Partner

Stone Update

Magazine in year-long collaboration with education arm of Natural Stone Institute. Featured Association Beat News

Natural Stone Institute Announces 2021 Stone of the Year

Stone Update

Calacatta Columbus selected for annual recognition. Featured Association Beat News

#FlexBoneFriday: Natural Stone & Tile Gallery

The Pulse: Ardex Americas

Tile installer Rob Fauvergue used a complete ARDEX Tile and Stone Installation Systems solution for renovating the showroom floor of Natural Stone & Tile Gallery in Indiana! ARDEX X 78™ MICROTEC® Semi-Pourable Tile and Stone Mortar, ARDEX UI 720™ FLEXBONE® Floating Uncoupling Membrane, and ARDEX FL™ Rapid Set, Flexible, Sanded Grout were all used.

Natural Stone Institute Seeks Xiamen Stone Delegation

Stone Update

Volunteer group will visit China stone fair, natural-stone factories. Featured Association Beat News

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Caring for Natural Stone Countertops

Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens Inc.

Caring For Your New Natural Stone Countertops. Your new natural marble or granite countertop absolutely shines in your kitchen. It adds elegance and style to your decor, and its durability makes natural stone one of the most practical types of countertop materials. Depending on the type of natural stone countertop you’ve had installed, there are ways to care for it so it lasts for many years to come.

Natural Stone at Home on Cable Broadcast

Stone Update

Natural Stone Institute’s promo campaign includes work with TLC network show. Featured Association Beat News

Natural Stone Institute: Annual Awards

Stone Update

Industry group salutes Gawet, Marcella for service and ability. Featured Association Beat News

Natural Stone Institute: Quarrier Education

Stone Update

Industry group offers safety training with Toolbox Talks. Featured Association Beat News

Natural Stone Institute: 27th R.I.S.E Home

Stone Update

Industry group continues work with Gary Sinese Foundation for veterans, first responders. Featured Association Beat News

New Website Promoting Natural Stone

Stone Update

MIA+BSI launches as part of comprehensive marketing plan. Featured Industry News

Natural Stone Scholarship Deadline Soon

Stone Update

July 17 deadline for MIA young-worker honor; includes travel to 2016 StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. Featured Associations News

NEW ISC Surfaces Natural Stone Collection

ISC Surfaces

Phantasie Gray ISC Surfaces has updated our natural stone tile collection in a major way to reflect changing design trends. Silver Ash Crosscut Stone Types include limestone, travertine, marble, slate, and onyx. Finishes include polished, honed, brushed and chiseled, and tumbled (finishes vary by stone). To see these beautiful natural stones in person, please visit The Gallery at ISC Surfaces in Kansas City or St.

Natural Stone Feature: Lemurian Blue

The Habitus Collection

The post Natural Stone Feature: Lemurian Blue appeared first on THE HABITUS COLLECTION. Lemurian Blue granite features a deep blue green background accented with spectacular iridescent elements ranging in colors from vibrant blue, green and gold. Current availability 16 polished slabs size 255 x 170 x 2 cm. (3/4″ 3/4″ Thick) approx. 750 square feet. Contact us at info@habituscollection for a quotation.

Natural Stone Institute: On-Floor TISE Education

Stone Update

Programs offered in the industry organization’s booth during next week’s show in Las Vegas. Featured Association Beat News

Natural Stone Institute Completes 18th R.I.S.E. Home

Stone Update

Florida residence the latest work with Gary Sinise Foundation. Featured Association Beat News

Natural Stone Institute Partners with STONEX Canada

Stone Update

Industry group works with Toronto hard-surfaces show slated for late November. Featured Association Beat News

This gorgeous home has it all, including a stunning natural stone exterior


uses natural stone to create a classic and luxurious residence. A beautiful pale quartzite from Realstone Systems, Berkshire Buff Estate Stone was used on the front facade, back patio components including an accent wall and a bar, as well as on the interior fireplace.

Natural Stone Institute at Work in Dubai

Stone Update

Industry group to exhibit and present educational seminars at stone show. Featured Association Beat News

New Test from Natural Stone Institute

Stone Update

Accelerated weather simulations now offered from industry group’s testing lab. Featured Association Beat News

Picco Joins Natural Stone Institute Exec Committee

Stone Update

Brings three decades of technical expertise to industry-group leadership. Featured Association Beat News

Natural Stone Institute Awards: Deadline This Week

Stone Update

Pinnacle Awards, other honors need nominations by Friday. Featured Association Beat News

Natural Stone Institute Awards: July Deadline

Stone Update

Entries for 2018 Pinnacle and Industry Recognition honors needed by July 20. Featured Association Beat News