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publicat in: The stone house // Publicata pe 20.08.2018

The fact that both marble and ony are translucent is a feature that connects the two materials, as a magic light diffused by both rocks, under the incidence of sun rays projected on claddings. And if light color marble (translucent marble) conveys a honed sun, sensitive and balanced, the onyx transmits a sophisticated and famous air (translucent onyx).


Marble is a metamorphic rock extracted from many quarries, with the oldest and most important in India, China, Italy and Spain. Having an average hardness of 3-4 on the Mohs scale, marble displays an interior comfort associated with elegant colors and specific veins for this natural stone. It is versatile, suitable for cladding, flooring or countertops and resistant in wet spaces. Used in exterior decoration projects, marble is a perfect fit for homebases, facades of buildings, fences and paving. Marble is also used for sinks (marble bathroom sinks) and countertops (marble countertops). Marble floors are fragile, durable in medium traffic, not influenced by UV radiation and withstand high temperatures (compatible with underfloor heating). Marble is the eco-friendly solution for bathroom and kitchen cladding and besides, it is easy to polish. It has a crystalline structure highlighting calcite, therefore more sensitive to medium concentration acids, occurring in domestic and public ambience (restaurants, bars, clubs or cafeterias). Acid rains will alter the look of exterior cladding, so it will require constant aftercare with specific solutions. It is recommended to waterproof all marble claddings, regardless of finish and location (cleaners, sealers). Marble tiles are installed using classic technology.


Often confused with marble, onyx has a different crystalline structure and is a sedimentation rock. Classified as a gemstone with higher hardness (6.5 - 7 on the Mohs scale), onyx is quarried from specific areas in South America, Near and Far East, US, India, China and Australia. Popular for its deep "eyes" in a range of intense colors (from black to Sardinian red) and soft veins, onyx is also vulnerable to aggressive, chemical and physical attacks, however less than marble. Onyx is not as popular as marble in terms of cladding, even though decoration projects are remarkable (onyx bathroom cladding). Onyx is more often used as polish finish mosaic (Honey Onyx Polished Mosaic) or tumbled (Onyx Tumbled Mosaic) in bathrooms but also cladding, onyx conveys a strong touch, practical subtlety and deep colors. Due to its sensitivity to acids, it will need aftercare for preserving its color freshness.  Onyx tiles are also installed using classic technology.


The common feature of marble and onyx is the fact that both stones are translucent undelined by magic light diffused under the sun rays.  If soft color marble (translucent marble) conveys into your project a honed, sensitive and balanced sun, onyx will conveys a complex and famous ambience (translucent onyx). The bathroom sinks and mosaics from marble and onyx are not translucent. According to your preference, the surfaces can be artificially illuminated with interesting effects. Use white grout for installation if you want to highlight their translucent feature. The efficiency of both projects is established by customers’ emotional response.


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