If you have been looking for Marble Tiles like the ones from www.irwintiles.ie/marble-stone-tiles to have installed in your home, you may be wondering how marble is made.
Among the many uses for marble, you will find it in many different buildings, monuments, and sculptures. As a carbonate mineral, it consists mainly of calcite or dolomite, or a combination of these two. The natural marble that is used often comes from the Paleozoic Era or even earlier than that in the Precambrian Times. It is possible to make synthetic marble, and these are usually a cheaper alternative to naturally formed marble.
Marble is formed from a limestone rock which has been heated and put under pressure by the earth’s crust. This leads to a change in the texture and makeup of the limestone as a result of these forces. Recrystallisation is the name given to this process.
It is the minerals that result from the presence of impurities in marble that give it a vast array of colours. It is white calcite marble that is the purest form of the mineral. There is a reddish hue to the marble that contains hematite. Limonite marble is yellow in colour, while serpentine marble is green in colour. In synthetic marble, the colours and patterns are added manually to give their desired colouring.