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Natural stone is a collective name for thousands of different types of stone, found and quarried throughout the world...

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about Stone

 

Natural stone has its own unique qualitites that not only distinguish it from man made materials but also should be considered in selecting it for a particular project. Stone is not manufactured; it is a product of nature. Stone is a natural solid formation of one or many minerals.
Like so many natural formations, every piece is unique and matchless. Within each piece of stone also lies the history of one particular place on our planet. Today's limestone floor for instance, was once a mass of tiny sea creatures, then an ancient seabed, and after millions of years of uplift, a mountainside where the limestone was discovered in our day.

Natural stone was cut out from a mountainside originally in huge 50,000 pound blocks of stone (removed from quarries). There are thousands of types of stone that have been quarried through the centuries. Quarries are located all around the world. A majority of natural stone comes from Italy, Spain, Turkey, United States, Mexico, China, Taiwan, India, Greece, Canada, France, and Brazil.
Natural stone was cut out from a mountainside originally in huge 50,000 pound blocks of stone (removed from quarries). The blocks were then sliced into slabs which were then refined to give its natural colors a mirror like depth, smooth soft surface or left slightly rough to enhance its rich natural texture.
Slabs are further fabricated into the final stone to be installed. Each block is different. Each slab is different and unique. In contrast to the repetitive sameness of material produced by machine or assembly line, dimension stone's naturally varied appearance has wonderful character. It is the uniqueness and difference that makes granite so popular today.

The luster, hardness, colors and variation are all indications of the stone's mineral composition and origin. This unique blend of characteristics is what makes your natural stone a one-of-a-kind, beautiful yet practical surface for your home.

The minerals in stone came from the same liquid and gas minerals that formed the earth. The Earth developed as a massive body of gas and liquid minerals that slowly cooled and condensed to a solid core. Through pressure, the Earth's crust began to form and heavy minerals were forced down to the Core of the Earth where they were trapped. As the crust got thicker, it squeezed around the inner core which created. intense pressure and heat from within the Earth.
Crystals and other solid forms began to grow from the mineral vapors that were being released. As the Earth's crust began to expand and erode, heat and pressure pushed the solid minerals up to the Earth's surface which formed colossal rock beds. It took up to one-hundred million years to form some of these beds. Many of the beds are now used as quarries where the stone is mined.
Most of these minerals can be identified by their color, hardness, and crystal formation. Crystals come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The wide array of these minerals are often difficult to identify. Many stones look very similar to each other; however, they are all very different.

Durabilty

Next to diamond, granite is the hardest natural stone available. Because of its low absorbtion rate, granite is less prone to staining and is also heat resistant making it ideal for surface tops. The grain of one stone is never equal to another which means the texture of granite is like a fingerprint. Granite surface tops have a smooth high gloss finish that exacts the elegance and beauty of the material while maintaining its duribility.

 

Stone is Absorbent

Although we usually think of stone as "hard," it is a porous material. Natural stone has varying degrees of porosity depending on the type of stone. If left unsealed, spills and everyday messes can easily penetrate the surface. The liquid eventually evaporates but the stain is left behind. Highly acidic substances such as orange juice, coffee and wine will also etch acid sensitive stones and leave a dull mark. Acid resistant stones such as most granite, slate and sandstone will not etch. Protected Stone with protective sealers make stains bead up for easy removal. Oil and water-based stains can penetrate and damage unprotected stone.


Protected Stone Protected Stone
Protective sealers make stains bead up for easy removal.
Unprotected Stone Unprotected Stone
Oil and water-based stains can penetrate and damage unprotected stone.

It is imperative to know the exact type of stone that is to be maintained. Stone is natural and may have adverse reactions to certain cleaning chemicals and procedures. Most stones are also natural alkalis and so are dirt and soil; therefore, stone and dirt are attracted to each other which often makes cleaning very difficult. This makes the proper selection of cleaning procedures and chemicals for stone very complex.
Always consult with a Professional to establish a precise stone Maintenance system.

Information about stone processing, choosing the original quality...

Please read this information before you decide what to buy. We are showing you the differences in processing and buying cheap stone and real quality stone. How to distinguish the cheap, worth nothing painted stone from cheap sources and the quality stone.

Stone quality

This is a story which follows the path of how we come to source our top quality granite, and compare it to its parallel poor quality granite counterpart.

 

quarry

This is a story which follows the path of how we come to source our top quality granite, and compare it to its parallel poor quality granite counterpart.

 

 

Granite is one of the oldest stones in the world and as you can see both premium and cheap granite begins life in the Earth and is mined from our stone suppliers.

Stone Inspection

Once mined, our quality granite is sorted into rough blocks and inspected by our expert professionals who are amongst the best in the industry. Such rigorous inspections are fundamental to supplying our clients with only the best granite in the field.

 

Poor quality granite however is not subjected to such inspections and poor quality often seeps through, giving you the customer the worst possible stone for your kitchen or bathroom.

Stone blocks

We only deal with the best quality stone possible as we’ll settle for nothing less than the very best for our clients….

 

Quarry

However other companies will only sell cheap and un-inspected stone and dress it up as the best around. But it couldn’t be further from the truth!

Granite Quarry

As we are only interested in premium quality granite. Although they are more difficult to source, it is ultimately worth it as it ensures you are given the best quality stone around in the industry.

 

Or you can opt for cheap granite, where it’s left unattended and exposed like these small cheap blocks ready for mass shipment. We would never accept as poor a quality as this and we wouldn’t want you to either.

The hunt for premium quality granite is a tough one, with quarries (as a rough estimate) only having 20% of the top quality granite available the vast majority of the time. For the rest of time, you are likely to get passable commercial quality stone or worse still, sub-standard quality stone.

 

For other companies though, the quality of the stone is the last thing on their minds. All they are interested in is the price and getting the cheapest possible in order to increase their profit margins. They don’t care about the durability of the stone and they don’t care about client.

Gangsaws

Once we have our stone, it is important to us that our slabs are cut to perfection to ensure that your worktop completely meets your requirements. These Italian gang saws, which will ensure your slabs, are cut to the highest possible standards.

 

Small cutter

For other companies though, smaller and cheaper equipment is the order of the day, which only leads to the worst possible quality for your new worktop. With straight edges hardly ever the result, you are left with a jagged slab that no-one will likely ever accept.

cut-slabs

Slabs are now ready for polishing and all are done so at the earliest possible stage to give our stone a top quality finish. Because stone is cut to the highest professional standards, the process is made all the more simpler and more efficient.

 

cheap saw

This is in stark contrast to our cheap granite over here, which has now been poorly prepared in small blocks ready for polishing.

big-granite-slabs

With our slabs polished, they are sorted accordingly and are ready for inspection, soon to be shipped to us here in the UK. With so many inspection tests to pass, all the sub standard stone doesn’t stand a chance in making it to our showroom. You can guarantee you’ll only receive the best with us.

 

cheap-slabs

You don’t have this guarantee however with other companies. These small slabs here are ready for shipment, but after seeing the way they’ve been prepared, do you really want to invest in a worktop from a company of such poor production values?

slabs

As we only deal with the finest granite possible, we make every effort to get the widest range of stone available for you to choose from. We have over 200 colours of quartz-composite for example. Could you find this from any other company? We doubt it.

 

For the cheap companies however, you will severely struggle to get such a range to choose from. Remember these are companies that will do everything they can to cut costs, so they’ll only ever invest in popular commercial stone. For diversity, you are definitely better off with us.

polishing-line

Our polishing line technology is amongst the best available anywhere in the field. You can guarantee that all our stones are polished with a consistent finish, providing for the best stone for your kitchen. All our slabs are given the state of the art polishing treatment, to provide the ultimate centrepiece for your kitchen.

 

cheap-polishing-line

But other slabs aren’t subjected to such high quality treatment, as hand polishers can’t provide the same results as our high quality machinery. You can expect a blotchy, poorly finished stone and the worst look imaginable for your kitchen.

polishing

The results speak for themselves. Here’s a stone that has been through our state of art mechanical polisher. It has an irresistible finish and wouldn’t look out of place in any new kitchen if you installed it immediately.

 

cheaper-polishing-line

Such standards are not applicable though to other companies who choose to use hand polishing tools. It never creates the same effect as our machinery and slabs are thus often left to be uneven.

polished-slab

After polishing, all our slabs are rigorously checked and inspected to ensure our stone is the best it possibly can be for our clients. If it doesn’t pass the test, it doesn’t make it through.

 

polishing-hand

There are no such tests with other companies however, who may have three different polishers working throughout their stone range. You could end up with three different stone finishes! Is this what you want for your new kitchen installation.

black_worktop_grooves

All our granite is 100% genuine and you can expect nothing but the best when you work with us. What you won’t get, is an ordinary stone that has just been painted black in order to create the effect of jet black granite

 

poor quality

But this sort of practice is commonplace within the industry with other companies leaving you with a poorer quality stone that you’ve invested in.

granite_worktop

Many of our clients begin their enquiries in the same way by asking how much our stone costs. Ultimately every stone is different and as a result every stone has a different price. Our estimates are in depth and accurate, they won’t differ much as we progress through the process.

 

Other companies meanwhile won’t be as honest and will try to hook you in with a cheap price to initially entice you. They’ll then add more as you go along and in the end you end up paying a great deal more than the introductory price.

With Atlantis Stone, you can expect nothing but honesty from us and an accurate breakdown of all your costs.

 

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Jet Black Granite can be a painted grey granite. During polishing process some stone factories adding resin to fill cracks and holes in granite and colour pigments to change the real colour of granite.

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Most of stone companies can not polish stone with water. They polishing stone edges with dry pads and waxing it to have polish effect. Only polishing with water will give constant polish forever.Wet Polishing

POLISHING STONE WITHOUT WATER IS A CRIME!

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WE ONLY USE LARGE TOP QUALITY SLABS
YOU CAN HAVE EVERY WORKTOP CUT TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS WITH A SELECTION OF DIFFERENT DESIGNS AND SHAPES AVAILABLE.

SOME OF THE STONES ARE POPULAR CHOICES FOR DESIGNERS. THEY LOOK GOOD IN GLOSSY MAGAZINES, IN SHOWROOMS, AND WHERE THEY ARE NOT IN CONSTANT USE.
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