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6 Reasons Brazilian Quartzites Rock!

Brazilian Quartzites are fairly new to the natural stone application game.
These unique, high performing stones look like marble, act like granite but are yet to be fully recognised as much as its counterparts, for their worth.

We are pleased to stock a wide variety of the most exclusive and unique Brazilian Quartzites to Australia. Quartzites are a perfect option when shopping for a stone benchtop – here are 6 reasons why!


1. The most exclusive stone to come out of Brazil.

Brazil is famous for the hard quartzites that it produces and sends around the world.  There is a huge quartzite belt surrounding the state of Bahia, approximately 3000 square kilometres in size, hosting a huge variety of colours, ranging from the White of Macaubas to Nebula right through to the most amazing Emerald Green.

Photo Credit: Chris van der Linden, Director of Victoria Stone Gallery and Nova Stone.

2. Harder than granite.

On the Mohs scale of hardness of 1 to 10 (10 being the hardest), Quartzite measures in at 7, with Granite behind in between 6 and 6.5. This difference will give extra protection from scratching and etching when it comes into contact with acidic materials.

3. Most cost-saving natural stone.

Pricing within the Quartzite range can vary – there’s something for everyone! But even at the most higher end, the extra cost will be greatly compensated by the low maintenance and longevity of the material.

5. It can be applied anywhere.

Quartzites are a diverse natural stone option, suitable for both residential and commercial sites. The strength and durability of the stone make it a perfect option for kitchen benchtops, bathrooms, outdoors, or any high-use area.

Quartzites for bathroom

Nebula Quartzite used in a bathroom

5. You won’t find anything else like it.

Quartzites are a relatively new product amongst the oldest construction material known to man.  The hardness of this type of stone has always challenged the quarrying and processing engineering. The production of larger quantities has only recently become possible due to new resins, abrasives and block cutting technologies.

Brazilian Quartites

Nebula bookmatched in-store

6. It’ll last you a lifetime.

The only thing you need to worry about is blunting your knives!


Shop our Quartzite range!

Something to consider
When selecting a quartzite for your home or project, check that your stonemason has worked with this natural stone before. The harder the stone, the harder it is to cut!


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Brazilian Quartzites Quarry

6 Reasons Brazilian Quartzites Rock!

Brazilian Quartzites are fairly new to the natural stone application game.
These unique, high performing stones look like marble, act like granite but are yet to be fully recognised as much as its counterparts, for their worth.

We are pleased to stock a wide variety of the most exclusive and unique Brazilian Quartzites to Australia. Quartzites are a perfect option when shopping for a stone benchtop – here are 6 reasons why!


1. The most exclusive stone to come out of Brazil.

Brazil is famous for the hard quartzites that it produces and sends around the world.  There is a huge quartzite belt surrounding the state of Bahia, approximately 3000 square kilometres in size, hosting a huge variety of colours, ranging from the White of Macaubas to Nebula right through to the most amazing Emerald Green.

Photo Credit: Chris van der Linden, Director of Victoria Stone Gallery and Nova Stone.

2. Harder than granite.

On the Mohs scale of hardness of 1 to 10 (10 being the hardest), Quartzite measures in at 7, with Granite behind in between 6 and 6.5. This difference will give extra protection from scratching and etching when it comes into contact with acidic materials.

3. Most cost-saving natural stone.

Pricing within the Quartzite range can vary – there’s something for everyone! But even at the most higher end, the extra cost will be greatly compensated by the low maintenance and longevity of the material.

5. It can be applied anywhere.

Quartzites are a diverse natural stone option, suitable for both residential and commercial sites. The strength and durability of the stone make it a perfect option for kitchen benchtops, bathrooms, outdoors, or any high-use area.

Quartzites for bathroom

Nebula Quartzite used in a bathroom

5. You won’t find anything else like it.

Quartzites are a relatively new product amongst the oldest construction material known to man.  The hardness of this type of stone has always challenged the quarrying and processing engineering. The production of larger quantities has only recently become possible due to new resins, abrasives and block cutting technologies.

Brazilian Quartites

Nebula bookmatched in-store

6. It’ll last you a lifetime.

The only thing you need to worry about is blunting your knives!


Shop our Quartzite range!

Something to consider
When selecting a quartzite for your home or project, check that your stonemason has worked with this natural stone before. The harder the stone, the harder it is to cut!


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Contemporary house in Germany built out of grey Quatrzite matte stone

Curious Over A Quartzite Benchtop

What is Quartzite? How is it different to Marble? Read on into the world of this natural stone and why we recommend a Quartzite benchtop for your kitchen in Melbourne.

Keep an eye out for some coloured  Quartzite benchtop beauties that we will be bringing in from Brazil in the new year!


What type of natural stone is Quartzite?

Quartzite is often confused with Quartz, a man-made produced stone, engineered from resin and quartz chips tinted with various colours.

It is a metamorphic rock that is the result of sandstone and the mineral quartz being put under extreme heat and pressure within the crust of the earth. Its changes are a slow process resulting in an altered appearance of rich colours and patterns that are formed as a result of different conditions.

Colours range from white to black, with shades of blue, green, yellow and brown. A slab can appear grainy because of its formation from sandstone through recrystallization of Quartz grains. At least 90% of a Quartzite stone slab is Quartz.

Quartzite kitchen benchtop

Uses for Quartzite?

For a long time, it was commonly used for bricks and other building materials. It became very versatile in construction, used for strong materials to flooring to decorative wall coverings and recently has become very popular for kitchen benchtops.

This contemporary house in Cologne, Germany was built in 2016 out of grey Quartzite stone. The stone is so diverse, it flows systematically through the interior, cladding bathrooms, the whole of the swimming pool area and many of the home´s floors. Read the full article here.

Contemporary house in Germany built out of grey Quatrzite matte stone

Contemporary house in Germany built out of grey Quartrzite matte stone

Quartzite is awesome for an outdoor stone application. It has very low water absorption rates. It is very resilient to staining from leaf and debris. And it has a high resistance to slipping thanks to its textured surface.

Why should you choose Quartzite?

Interior designers love a quartzite benchtop for the look, builders and homeowners love it for its durability!

It comes in lots of popular varieties, like White Macaubas, Mother of Pearl, Taj Mahal and La Dolce Vita. Here at Victoria Stone Gallery, we will be specialising in a big range of exotic coloured Quartzite, bringing it in from Brazil to Melbourne.

It’s heat resistant and naturally strong. On the Mohs scale of hardness of 1 to 10 (10 being the hardest), Quartzite measures in at 7, with Granite behind in between 6 and 6.5. This difference will buy you a bit more time to clean up before the stone starts to etch if it comes into contact with acidic materials.

How do you maintain a Quartzite benchtop?

Although it is heat resistant, any prolonged heat exposure can cause problems.  Just avoid that by using trivets, hot pots, chopping boards! Avoid etching by keeping common household items that are notorious for etching away, like lemons, fizzy drink, and red wine. Etching is basically the surface damage in the form of a dull mark on natural stone.  It happens when acidic substances come into contact with natural stone that contains calcium carbonate.

Sealing will depend on the type of Quartzite you have, ranging from not having to be sealed at all, to resealing every year or so, to regular sealing. Check with your stone fabricator which category yours falls under! Adding a stone sealant will give an extra layer of protection.
Just like with any other natural stone surface, clean up spills quickly, using a damp, soft cloth and a mild spray disinfectant if needed.

Consider picking a honed or leathered finish over a polished finish – they are more forgiving on etching and stains! Honed benchtops aren’t as reflective as polished and are smoother and flatter, which helps to prevent etching. A honed finish on harder stones is much more durable for benchtops in your kitchen.

Generally there is a lot less maintenance in comparison to other natural stone, yet still with the look of marble!

Leathered Blue Roma Quartzite from Victoria Stone Gallery

Our Blue Roma Quartzite looks striking in a leathered finish.

Special considerations when shopping for Quartzite?

Quartzite comes in soft or hard variations, sometimes the fabrication can be more expensive when it’s harder to cut through. Always check with your preferred fabricator if they have worked with it before! A Quartzite benchtop offers a lifetime of unique look alongside practicality, give it the professional installation and fabrication it deserves!

 


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