Quartz Counter Tops in Richmond
Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals found in the earth. Many different varieties are found which are semiprecious gemstones, with many varieties found in Europe and the Middle East. These semiprecious quartz varieties have been used to make jewelry and hardstone carvings since ancient times.
Quartz has been known by many names. Pure quartz has been known as rock crystal and is sometimes called clear quartz. This variety is colorless and transparent. It's used for hardstone carvings.
There are lesser varieties that are colored, including citrine, rose quartz, amethyst, smoky quartz, milky quartz, and others – a wide variety for your Richmond quartz countertops.
Quartz for New Kitchen Countertops
- Citrine is a pale yellow to brown color and is a rare variety of quartz. While natural citrines are rare, most have been heat-treated commercially to form amethysts or smoky quartz varieties. With this process, the results will have small lines in the crystal instead of the natural cloudy or smoky appearance.
- Rose quartz has a pale pink to rose tint and is believed to be colored due to trace amounts of titanium, iron, or manganese. There is also a rare pink quartz that's called crystalline rose quartz with a color that is believed to be caused by tiny amounts of phosphate or aluminum in the stone. The color in crystals is photosensitive and subject to fading. The first crystals were found near Rumford, Maine, in the USA, but most on the market come from Brazil.
- Amethyst is a form of quartz that is bright to dark or dull purple. The largest deposits are found in Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Russia, Morocco, France, and Namibia. Amethyst forms where there is also iron in the area.
- Smoky quartz is translucent gray and ranges in clarity from nearly transparent to an almost opaque brownish gray. Some can be found in black.
- Milky quartz is probably the most common variety of crystalline quartz and is found almost anywhere. The white color is thought to be caused by tiny amounts of gas or liquid (or both) that have been trapped in the material while it was formed.
Though many of the types or varieties of quartz were named for the color, today a more scientific naming process is utilized. There are several major varieties of quartz in Richmond today, and not all varieties are naturally occurring because the material is modified with heat or gamma-irradiation to create the color. Come by our showroom at Natural Stoneworks, LLC and you can take a look at quartz varieties up close.
Quartz for Bathroom Vanities
Since quartz began being used as a building material, it's given granite a run for its money. The material is also one of the hardest minerals on the earth and is very eye-catching. Quartz is a wonderful material for bathroom vanities. It is available in a wide variety of colors today, and the sparkling and veining are loved by many.
If you are looking for quartz countertops in Richmond, please call 804-550-3446 or complete our online request form.