White Macaubas quartzite is a white background stone with ivory tints and a vein combination in greys, whites and ivory providing a unique marble look and glassy finish that will dazzle users and onlookers.
White Macaubas is made out of natural quartz which originally comes from sand that has changed over time becoming a rock. Quartzite comes in many colours and most predominantly has light tones. Different colour variations can also be quarried ranging from greens, blue, red and orange; depending on the minerals distributed within each block of this material. As quartzite is a rock made out of compressed minerals rather than being made out of calcium, the material can withstand acids and liquids without etching which may happen with marble. This makes White Macaubas quartzite ideal for use in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas that require a material that has low porosity.
In addition, White Macaubas quartzite rates 7 out of 10 in the Moh’s scale which measures all natural minerals with granite rated 6 and diamond 10, making it the third strongest stone on the planet. Quartzite is a unique natural stone with a distinctive look that can be tested by using an knife on its surface and checking whether it scratches. If it does scratch, the material is a dolomite (marble) rather than a quartzite. In terms of its difference with granite, quartzite varies with it in that it does not contacting dark coloured flecks and may have only very slight tints in it making a geological difference more than one based purely on aesthetics.
White Macaubas is most popular in its vein cut version and a polished finish although it is also available in a cross cut version known as ‘Calacatta Brazil’ or ‘ Calacatta quartzite’ which is achieved by cutting the block of stone transversally.
Origin: White Macaubas is quarried in Northern Brazil across Espirito Santo in Minas Gerais, with the latest machinery that allows for rock extraction with minimal environmental impact. Once quarried, the blocks are taken to a processing plant for cutting to size and finishing of the slabs which some times can take place in a different country. Italy has the best reputation for finishing natural stone and is many times a destination for finishes as they are more thorough and meticulous in the process compared to other countries where finishes may take place, such as China.
|Finishes||Honed, Leather, Polished, Satin|
|Type of application||Architrave and columns, Bar countertop, Bathroom coverings, Bathroom worktop, Bench top, Countertop, Fireplace surround, Floorings, Kitchen worktop, Reception desk, Shower tray, Splashbacks, staircases, Table tops, Vanity top, Wall cladding, Washbasins, Wet rooms and Saunas|
|Suitable for||Exterior, Interior|