RMS have one of the biggest range of high quality stone slabs in Australia. Our Stone is sourced from quality quarries from Italy, Spain and other selected countries so you will find that the quality is excellent. Our prices are competitive as we offer wholesale prices to all of our customers, no matter how big or small your order is. RMS quality is second to none.
White Marble Slabs
Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of a very pure (silicate-poor) limestone or dolomite protolith. The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone. Green coloration is often due to serpentine resulting from originally magnesium-rich limestone or dolostone with silica impurities. These various impurities have been mobilized and recrystallized by the intense pressure and heat of the metamorphism.
Gray & Black Marble Slabs
Marble is a metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. Marble may be foliated. Geologists use the term “marble” to refer to metamorphosed limestone; however, stonemasons use the term more broadly to encompass unmetamorphosed limestone. Marble is commonly used for sculpture and as a building material.
Onyx & Agates Slabs
Agates and onyx are both forms of chalcedony, a member of the quartz (SiO2) family. Chalcedony is cryptocrystalline quartz which means that you can’t see its crystalline structure without powerful magnification. The overall thinking of most crystal enthusiasts is that agates have bands and onyx do not, however that is not true.
Both agates and onyx have banding. The banding on agates are more circular or ring-like and the bands on onyx are usually straight and parallel. Agate banding may be caused by various colors or structures of the layers or both Agates tend to be more nodule shaped stones with inclusions and translucence and onyx is usually more consistent in size and shape. Another defining trait is that agates are often multi colored with translucency whereas onyx often tends to have more of a solid color base.
Quartz is a mineral composed of silicon and oxygen atoms in a continuous framework of SiO4 silicon–oxygen tetrahedra, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedra, giving an overall chemical formula of SiO2. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in Earth’s continental crust, behind feldspar.
Quartz crystals are chiral, and exist in two forms, the normal α-quartz and the high-temperature β-quartz. The transformation from α-quartz to beta-quartz takes place abruptly at 573 °C (846 K). Since the transformation is accompanied by a significant change in volume, it can easily induce fracturing of ceramics or rocks passing through this temperature limit.
There are many different varieties of quartz, several of which are semi-precious gemstones. Since antiquity, varieties of quartz have been the most commonly used minerals in the making of jewelry and hardstone carvings, especially in Eurasia.
Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. In the latter, it can form stalactites, stalagmites, and other speleothems. It is frequently used in Italy and elsewhere as a building material.
Travertine is a terrestrial sedimentary rock, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from solution in ground and surface waters, and/or geothermally heated hot-springs. Similar (but softer and extremely porous) deposits formed from ambient-temperature water are known as tufa.
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Knowledge Base: Stone Slabs are big stones, flat and of little thickness, that are generally used for paving floors, for covering walls or as headstones. Other definitions refine the meaning a bit more: Flat big stone and of little thickness or Flat stone, relatively thin, of rectangular form or almost rectangular. The main applications of the slabs as material of construction are for pavings and in the construction of roofs. But they can be employed for other uses, among them: Balconies formed from a slab, Dry stone constructions of : walls, caves, rooms. The base of some fireplaces are build with stone slabs (a big one or some smaller together). In religious altars, the altar stone can be a stone slab, more or less elaborated or in its natural state. In rustic tables. Slate slabs are also used for roofs.