Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

Portuguese Marble - Pretty in Pink - an update

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 09:45 AM

Portuguese marble is pretty in pink.

In previous blogs, we've talked about Portuguese limestone, and how these Portuguese stones are loved by designers for their uniformity and predictability of colour, veining and shelling. But the Portuguese also have a range of marbles which are really eye-catching.

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Topics: choosing marble, estremoz, vila vicosa marble, blue marble, blue stone, marble, marble flooring, marble tiles, prestige marble, portuguese marble, White marble, quality marble, rosa aurora

A limestone quarry in Spain

Posted by Steve Turner on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 09:31 AM

Spanish Limestone Quarry visit

Last month, Denise and Steve spent two days visiting a limestone quarry in Southern Spain to select slabs for an upcoming project. The architect on the project had specified Crema Palancar, a pale coloured limestone, for the roof terrace. 

February and March were exceptionally busy months for us this year. We presented at the Surface Design Show, exhibited at Ecobuild and Homebuilding & Renovating, and several big client projects that had been in the planning stages since before Christmas had just been given the go ahead.

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Topics: choosing marble, spanish marble, buying limestone, spanish limestone, Zamora, environment, water recycling, choosing natural stone, CE Marking, bespoke limestone, crema marfil, quarry, Real, crema marfil tiles, White marble, Palancar, Capri, wildlife, zero waste

5 more myths about using marble and limestone in the home

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

Following on from our earlier blog where we shed light on some of the myths about using natural stone, we address another 5 common misconceptions that we hear when we exhibit at the trade and design shows.

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Topics: choosing marble, tilebacker board, Italian marble, Fila, seal marble, choosing natural stone, carrara, roche de clermont, bathroom

Making the most of Small Spaces with Natural Stone

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Using Natural Stone in small spaces:

With space at an all-time premium in the capital, many of us are looking for ways to get more from our existing homes without upsizing. Improvements can also add significant value to your property, especially when carefully planned to make the most of the space.

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Topics: choosing marble, French limestone, choosing natural stone, rare marble, small spaces

Italian Marble - for floors, walls, bathrooms and sculptures

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

Italian Marble - then and now

Italy is generally renowned as the world leader for stylish design and for the quality of its products. I think that some of the credit for this reputation can be attributed to Italian marble. It has long been considered that the Italians produce the world's finest marble.

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Topics: choosing marble, statuario, Italian marble, calacatta, carrara, quality marble

Choosing Swimming Pool surrounds - how to avoid a slip-up

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 @ 08:32 AM

Choosing Swimming Pool surrounds

One of the key requirements for the surface finish for a swimming pool surround is slip-resistance.

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Topics: choosing marble, swimming pool, French limestone, surface finishes, anti-slip surface, vallangis, carrara, external stone

Spanish Marble and Italian Travertine at Ecobuild

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 12:16 PM

Italian Travertine and Spanish Marble at Ecobuild 2014

Amarestone will once again be exhibiting at the London Ecobuild show. Visit us on stand S1360 in the Stone Zone hosted by the Stone Federation of Great Britain. 

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Topics: choosing marble, travertine, Italian marble, spanish marble, buying limestone, spanish limestone, Zamora, choosing natural stone, crema marfil, exhibition, Grey Venezia, Palancar, ecobuild

Grey Venezia - the bronze grey limestone from Spain

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Jan 09, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

During a visit to Marmomacc, the international natural stone show in Verona in October this year, I had another look at the fabulous range of limestone from Luis Sanchez Diez that I spoke about below. I'm pleased to say that a new batch of samples arrived in my warehouse recently. Please get in touch if you would like to see the new range. 

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Topics: limestone flooring, choosing marble, marble flooring, spanish marble, limestone tiles, buying limestone, spanish limestone, marble tiles, choosing natural stone, crema marfil, crema marfil tiles

Spanish Stone - Crema Marfil alternatives

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Jan 04, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

Alternative marbles from Spain:

In an earlier blog, I talked about Crema Marfil and how difficult it was becoming to find really top-quality material. 

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Topics: limestone, limestone flooring, choosing marble, marble, marble flooring, spanish marble, limestone tiles, buying limestone, spanish limestone, marble tiles, choosing natural stone, which stone, bespoke limestone, crema marfil, crema marfil tiles

Sourcing the world's best natural stone: How do you start?

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 04:06 PM

Where it all began...

Husband and wife team, Steve and Denise Turner, started the company almost 10 years ago when they were looking for a fresh start. Denise began her career as a biochemist, later moving into IT. Steve went straight into the IT industry after university and worked his way up to running a successful IT project management business.

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Topics: limestone, choosing marble, history, marble, buying limestone, installation, fitting, Fila, choosing natural stone, Stone Federation of GB, CE Marking, design, bespoke limestone, company, customer service, bespoke service