There are a variety of stones and rocks used by builders and architects to create stunning effects. In this article, we will take a look at three of the most popular.
The biblical sounding Jerusalem stone is actually an umbrella term encompassing a variety of pale lime-stones and dolomite stones. So called due to its prevalence in buildings in and around Jerusalem, this elegant pale stone can be found in a variety of soft colours including pink, gold and off-white. Jerusalem stone is commonly quarried from areas near the Jordan River and evidence of original Jerusalem stone can still be found today in Temple Mount. In fact, it is widely believed that King Solomon used Jerusalem stone when constructing his first Temple on the site. Even today, Jerusalem stone is a favourite medium used by builders due to the stone’s high density and low water absorption rate. Often used in domestic residences to create stunning flooring and worktops, Jerusalem stone is at once enduring, stylish and elegant.
Travertine stone is one of the most common materials used in contemporary architecture. First quarried by the Romans specifically for building temples, evidence of the durability and beauty of Travertine stone can be seen in such buildings as the Sacre Couer Basilica in Paris, the Roman Coliseum, the world famous Getty Centre, the Willis tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) in Chicago and the ethereal colonnade of St Peter’s Square in Rome. What each of these places have in common is a timeless beauty made possible by the use of Travertine stone. These days, Travertine can be found in domestic and commercial residences, being frequently used for indoor flooring, patio paving, driveways and worktops. Travertine stone is twice as strong as concrete yet far more elegant, and is ideal for those wishing to decorate their home with earthy and natural tones.
Although strongly associated with sculptures, marble can make an excellent addition to any home’s aesthetic appeal. Marble is classed as a metamorphic rock, meaning it is both strong enough to maintain durability in a busy home and soft enough to carve and polish. Famous landmarks featuring marble stone include the leaning Tower of Pisa and the Taj Mahal – both examples of incredible architecture which effortlessly display this stone’s exquisite beauty. Due to the eye catching patterns caused by re-crystallisation, marble is a popular choice of adornment in many homes, used for facades, stairs, window fittings, floors and worktops. Similarly, marble can be found in a variety of striking colour combinations, from chalk white to onyx black. Each pattern on any given piece of marble is unique, meaning home owners can benefit from a truly outstanding and individual home embellishment.