Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

Ethical Sourcing for natural stone

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

Ethical Stone Register

Modern day slave labour. Child labour. Worker exploitation. Environmental damage.

Wouldn't it be nice to know that the money you spend on your natural stone project is not funding some practice that you would find unsavoury or unethical? 

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Topics: quarry, ethical sourcing

New French Limestone with the Reclaimed Look

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 @ 02:11 PM

Capture the look of an ancient floor with French Limestone

We are occasionally asked to supply limestone flooring that looks like it could have been laid centuries ago. Clients love the look of a well-worn stone floor and they want to recreate the look in their new or refurbished homes. How can this be achieved? 

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Topics: French limestone, surface finishes

French Limestone for major projects

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, May 27, 2017 @ 12:21 PM

Cutting and finishing large volumes of French limestone

On our blog, we often talk about different types of French limestone and the quarries they come from. But when your project requires large volumes of stone, you also need to look at the factories that cut and finish the stone. They are a vitally important part of the process and we thought we should highlight what to look for and why.

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Topics: French limestone, choosing natural stone, ethical sourcing

This year's most popular limestone

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 @ 01:30 PM

The most talked about limestone and marble.

Blue and grey coloured limestones have recently become very "on trend" but have they now overtaken the demand for the more traditional beige and white coloured limestones? 

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Topics: French limestone, spanish limestone, portuguese marble

Renovate stone floors and bring back the shine

Posted by Steve Turner on Sun, Mar 12, 2017 @ 01:45 PM

Restoring the shine in stone floors

Sealing and careful maintenance certainly help to prolong the life of a natural stone floor but there are times when the floor just needs some additional TLC to be brought back to its original condition.

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Topics: stone restoration, cleaning

Natural Stone Installation seminar notes #SDS2017

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 @ 01:40 PM

At the recent Surface Design Show, visitors to the Stone Hub were able to speak to a number of different stone industry experts and get advice on a wide range of topics related to using natural stone in their projects. 

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Topics: installation, sealing, choosing natural stone

Surface Design Show 2017

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 01:14 PM

Visit Amarestone at the London Surface Design Show 2017.

We are busy preparing for the Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre in London which runs 7-9 February 2017.

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Topics: surface design show, exhibitions

Black and White Marble floor tiles

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:52 AM

Choosing Black and White Marble Floor Tiles:


Black and white marble floor tiles have been popular for a hundred years and more. It is still a classic good look for Victorian and Edwardian houses. But with a little creativity, the style can work well in more modern houses and it doesn't have to be limited to a purely black and white colour palette.

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Topics: French limestone, spanish marble, belgian fossil, spanish limestone, nero marquina, carrara, black and white, chequerboard, black and white marble floor tiles

Caen Limestone - its place in English history

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 08:41 PM

Even as far back as the days of William the Conqueror, the French have always known a thing or two about stone. Almost one thousand years later, his buildings and his stone are still impressing us British.

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Topics: French limestone, Caen stone

The Marble of the Alhambra - Spanish Macael Marble

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Nov 26, 2016 @ 06:17 PM

Blanco Macael - the Spanish marble of the Alhambra Palace

Over the last few years, we have been researching some of the more unusual Spanish limestones and marbles. The Blanco Macael Spanish marble from the southern tip of Spain is well known to us but I hadn't realised that it had such a famous pedigree or that Macael can be yellow, grey or green as well as white.

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Topics: marble, marble flooring, spanish marble, facade, quarry, White marble