Marble is a metamorphic type of natural stone that has been transformed into a crystalline structure. This transformation, or metamorphosis (hence the name), occurs when stone material is subjected to tremendous heat and pressure. In such an environment, the structures within stone begin to reshape and reform until they become marble.

The word marble is thought to be derived from a Greek word which meant “shining stone.” From early in human history, various cultures admired the lustrous beauty of marble and made use of it wherever they could. Statues depicting everything from great warriors and heroes to the very gods of the Pantheon itself were often carved from marble and greatly prized not only for their exquisite and meticulous construction but for the luster of their constituent material.

Today, marbles are still used in a wide variety of applications to evoke a sense of classical sophistication and design savvy.

 

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