Travertine & Onyx - Durango

Travertine is essentially limestone, with ‘heat’ as the additional catalyst. It is formed by the action of hot-springs or geysers on the underlying limestone, which is then propelled upwards with the force of the geyser rushing, up and out of the earth. When the water falls to the ground and evaporates, it leaves behind the dissolved limestone which re-hardens into stone. The new stone is full of gas bubbles, giving travertine its characteristic appearance. When it is processed as tiles or slabs, travertine is generally filled with cement and polished or honed.

Onyx, like travertine, is the result of water dissolving existing limestone and re-depositing it as a new kind of stone, sometimes called sinter. In limestone caves, onyx is formed by drip water, as stalagmites and stalactites. It is a very soft stone, and somewhat brittle, and needs to be installed in low-traffic areas, where it will not be subject to heavy use. This beautiful stone is characterized by its translucence, and can actually be backlit for striking, dramatic effects.

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Disclaimer: Please note that the colors above are only a sample, as they may vary (sometimes considerably), as with all natural material. Also, all colors and material listed above is subject to availability, and must be confirmed with us before commencing the project.
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