|Other Names||Nero China Marble, China Black Marble|
|Finishes||Polished, Honed, Sawn, Rockfaced, Sandblasted, Tumbled, Acid Wash, Antique|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Fire Performance||0 flame spread (per ASTM E 84)|
|Freeze Thaw Resistance||Good|
|Panel Sizes||Up to 4'×8' (1220mm×2440mm)|
|Structural Performance (on Honeycomb)||Excellent|
Marble is from the Greek word for shining stone. The beautiful luster of polished marble is due to the light penetrating for a short distance into the rock and then reflecting off of the surfaces of the deeper-lying crystals. Architecturally, marble is a term applied to any metamorphosed limestone or serpentine rock which is able to be polished. The crystalline structure of marble gives it its beauty. The sparkle in the marble is from the light glistening off of the facets of the rhombohedra shaped crystal grains. Quarried in China, China Black marble is naturally elegant, and when part of the StonePly panel system becomes light weight, easy to work with and incredibly strong.
You are probably more familiar with marble than you realize. From Michelangelo's mighty carrara marble David, to the intricately carved cenotaphs of the Taj Mahal, to the royal Marble Arch of Buckingham Palace, marble has been the stuff of civilized architecture and art for centuries. Being a form of limestone, it is softer than granite, making it more susceptible to deterioration and wear but a simple, regular maintenance routine will keep marble looking beautiful.
Marble has a soft, sophisticated aura. Small interior spaces will especially benefit from marble's less "busy" feel when compared to granite thanks to its large, flowing veins.
Certain marbles can be “book matched,” meaning the edges of two panels are paired to create a mirror image. Book matching's effect is best expressed on large panels.