Most people install marble because of its looks. But it’s time to put away the superficiality and know a thing or two or five about this stone. Besides, it’s older and wiser than we are. It’s witnessed us evolve as a species while the world eroded around us. Here are five curious facts about marble that will make you give your countertop a second look of re-examination.
1) Some Marble Isn’t Even Marble At All:
That’s right. When marble began its long geological journey, it started off as a different rock entirely: limestone. Tectonic and volcanic activity consisting of extreme heat and pressure was what caused this limestone to adapt its molecular structure and look. Some marble still maintains its creamy yellow limestone color. So it would be safe to say that this marble is actually limestone.
2: The Egyptians Were Fans:
A lot time ago, ancient Egyptians actually used gleaming white slabs of limestone marble to erect pyramids, columns within temples and other structures. But when the caliphate periods were ushered in, these marble slabs were removed in order to make way for mosques. Outside of Cairo, if you look carefully, you can find hieroglyphics on the marble panels of ancient mosques.
3: Think Beyond Construction:
Adhesives, paint, fine paper, and even luxury cases for the iPhone are all materials that are made out of pulverized marble. Marble powder is sometimes used in “China clay,” a bonding material used to make certain pills. Even medications such as Alka Seltzer contains minerals from marble. So you see, it’s not just about construction and design. Marble can actually be used to settle our stomachs.
4. Michelangelo Was Way Off:
Michelangelo always assumed that his ancestors chose marble for sculptures due to their elegant pure white stone look. But in reality, the statues were painted in a variety of colors. He just didn’t know this because the pigments had faded throughout time.
5. Marble Is Always Evolving:
In the end, marble is always a metamorphic rock, which means that in its very nature, it won’t settle for stagnant. It will always change.