Marble is a metamorphic rock composed of carbonate materials, mainly calcite and dolomite. In geology, the term “marble” refers to metamorphosized limestone, but it’s use in the stone industry more broadly encompasses serpentines, limestones and dolomites that are capable of taking a high polish.
Although Italy is most famous for, and the largest producer and exporter of marble to the United States, there is marble being quarried around the globe, including the United States. Colorado, Vermont, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama are all marble producing states.
Because marble will etch with acidic foods such as lemons, vinegar, ketchup, and oranges, it is often suggested to select a “honed” (matte) finish when making your marble selection.
Although many companies try to imitate the look of marble in man-made materials, there is truly nothing as beautiful and unique as natural marble.