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Brazilian Marbles- The future of natural stones

“Marbles from Brazil”, or maybe we should simply say “Dolomites from Brazil” (you will find out why after reading below) – a hot trend in the stone industry – are remarkable not only because of their astounding beauty but because of how tough and durable they are when installed. The unique geology of Brazil produces marbles rich in dolomite and calcite, minerals which allow these stones to perform much better than other marbles.

Brazilian dolomitic marbles are a match for and rival of high-end European marbles but actually beat these traditional suppliers in areas such as hardness and resistance to wear. Another area where Brazilian marbles compete strongly is still on prices. When we say the word “still” is because we believe the market has not yet realized how harder, more resistance and truly beautiful Brazilian dolomitic marbles really are. The cost on these dolomitic marbles in Brazil is still cheaper than its European rivals. However, as the market demands more and more of the Brazilian type, the prices usually tends to increase. So maybe it’s the right time to get such a superior product and still pay a very affordable price!

Brothers in Granite strongly believe and have invested heavily to prove that Brazilian marbles are the future of the natural stone industry.  With great pricing, durable and worry-free quality, light colors, and elegant patterns Brazilian marbles will not disappoint.

In addition to our stones natural geological resistance Brothers in Granite will apply a sealer to all of our marbles at the factory to make them less porous.  This will allow you to avoid problems during fabrication and act as a further guarantee that they will have longevity in your chosen application

Now allow us to share a glimpse of our world – Brazilian natural stones; focused exclusively on gorgeous Brazilian marbles.  Let us inform you about the current trends and how you can find the ideal material for your clients.

Regular Marble

Some of the regular marbles we have in Brazil are:

Brazil does have marbles that are similar to the Italian or Asian marbles that are known worldwide.  These marbles are more granulated or sugary – and more fragile – which makes them not such great options for high-traffic areas, since they can scratch and stain easier.  This leads to the popular misconception that marbles can only be used in bathrooms and should be avoided in kitchens.  

The good news is that almost none of the Brazilian marbles that Brothers in Granite sell are these types of fragile marbles.  Most of the marbles we sell can be classified as dolimitic marbles and we’ll explain what those are below.

Brothers advice

Amazon

Leather finishing will minimize these issues (and make it easier to fix when needed).

Mandala

This material may be susceptible to scratching. Leather finishing will minimize these issues but we still advise caution when using this material in high-traffic areas such as kitchen counters.

Dolomitic Marble

As we mentioned earlier, most of the Brazilian marbles at Brothers in Granite are actually dolomitic marbles.  Dolomite is a specific type of stone, formed by high temperatures and pressures deep inside the earth that turns calcium-rich limestone into magnesium-rich dolomite.  This leads to stones that are so tough and durable that many people don’t even call them marbles but commonly confuse them with quartzites!

One issue that might arise with dolomitic marbles is etching.  Etching occurs when acidic materials, such as lemons or tomatoes react with the minerals in the slab.  Etching can cause a hazy discoloration or faded look on the surface of the material.  Etching is easily visible on polished finishes but is almost invisible on honed or leathered finishes.  For this reason, Brothers is proud to offer all of our dolomitic marbles in a honed or leathered finish if you prefer.  Many are dual-finished, with one polished side and one side in an alternate finish.

As we said, most of our marbles at Brothers in Granite are dolomitic marbles.  A short list includes such colors as Aurelius White, Fantastic Brown, Panda, Matarazzo, Manhattan, Super White, White Cloud, and many more!  For a full list see our inventory on the Brothers in Granite website.

Watch this video about a dolomitic marble and see you closely:

Dolomitic Marble with Calcite crystals

Calcite mineral

Another popular type of stone at Brothers in Granite are marbles with inclusions of the mineral calcite.  These slabs are very distinctive for their large clear or brightly-colored crystals.  The crystals (and sometimes the whole slab) are translucent and can be backlit to show the internal structure of the stone and can make for some striking design uses.

While these crystals are very hard and resistant to etching they do pose some difficulties in fabrication.  Because of the difference in hardness between the crystals and the rest of the slab the edges can crumble when being cut.  With care, this problem should be avoidable but we recommend that simple edge profiles be used on these materials.

Some of our popular colors from this category include Ice Crystal, Portinari, and White Cloud!

Take a closer look:

Brothers in granite offers Brazilian marbles with the highest quality and in addition to great prices, with the BIG Sealer guarantee. Meet our marbles:

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