Not as single crystals. However, as quartz rock, it is available:
<http://www.cambriausa.com/consumer/ This was the only link I have foundthus far that uses solid stone vs. ground up and reformulated stone.
Most other manufacturers of quartz countertops are like those found on:
<http://www.avanzausa.com/content_features_frame.html . One of myfavorite quotes from that page: "The color of ordinary stone can vary
greatly between pieces. And unattractive veining or color blots can mar the
appearance. With Avanza, colors and textures are consistent." Can you
imagine subsituting: "The color of ordinary maple can vary greatly between
pieces. And unattractive quilting or birds-eye can mar the appearance.
With aggreparticleboardmaple, colos and textures are consistent"?
If you read the cited articles; you will notice that they talk of
"engineered stone" - this is not a natural product; it is fabricated
by some type of glue and stone and quartz particles.
web site: http://www.calanb.com
Yep, you're right. After more careful inspection, it appears that this
is also engineered material. Funny thing, you really have to dig to find
that, looking at the first parts of their web pages, you get quotes such
as, "CAMBRIA is pure natural Quartz stone mined out of the earth. It has
the look and feel of granite with superior performance." That's from the
Product Info page, From the how we compare page, in the table it lists
both Cambria and Granite as "Natural Stone". Yeah, "natural" as in ground
up with epoxy binders -- just like MDF is "natural wood". Kind of
Thanks for helping set me straight -- looks like granite is still the top
of choice if one desires natural stone that is less porous than marble.
I've been researching counter top materials for some time. Info I have
is that ALL the quartz products are made by the same process, on the
same patented Italian made machines. Dupont has one in Canada, they
charge more for their product. Silestone and Cesar Stone, perhaps
others by now, are the same thing. One product brochure, Silestone I
believe, stated there is 90% Quartz and 10% binder material in the
product, making it harder and less porous than granite. Needs no
sealer, will not stain. Can't be scratched with a knife. MAY burn
under high enough temp., not sure what that is. This will be my choice
when I get around to our kitchen, expecting it to outlast me!
On Sun, 30 May 2004 22:19:43 GMT, Mark & Juanita
IT isn't slabs of solid quartz. From their website:
"Is CAMBRIA made or manufactured in a plant?
The CAMBRIA facility produces natural quartz into slabs. We take pure
natural quartz mined out of the earth and combine it with a small
amount of pigment and resin to create a slab of uncommon beauty and
strength. This is done in our facility in LeSueur, Minnesota, the only
one of its kind in the United States. By recombining the quartz in our
facility, we are able to recreate the slabs to make them completely
single quartz crystals do get pretty damn big in nature, but they're
rare. quartzite, though- cryptocrystalline quartz- can be any size, up
to and including a whole mountainside. this is prolly the stuff that
these counters would be made of. and yes, it would make a dandy
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