Stone Library

There are many choices you’ll see when selecting stone material for your project. We’ve put together a handy list of stone types for easy reference that may help make you select the best material for your project. This list is not exhaustive, but we’ve listed most of the stone choices you’re likely to see.

A Note on Names

Names in the stone and tile industry can be fluid. The same material may have several names. Sometimes sellers will represent marbles as quartzites or marble as granite. It can be a bit confusing. The information we have cataloged here is based on naming conventions from organizations like thee Natural Stone Institute and the Stone Fabricators Alliance . We also enlisted the help of some of the leading distributors in the country. We’re always looking to improve our catalogue. If you see an error or something missing please let us know and we'll make sure to update our database.

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Types

Natural

Formation

Recommended Uses

Alabaster
Basalt
BlueStone
CoralStone
Gneiss
Granite
Limestone
Marble
Onyx
Quartzite
Sandstone
Schist
Slate
Soapstone
Travertine
Resources
  1. Get to Know Your Stone Natural Stone Institute. https://www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/consumers/care/
  2. Kirk, K.(2017, February 24th). The Definitive Guide to Quartzite Use Natural Stone. https://usenaturalstone.org/definitive-guide-quartzite/
  3. Kirk, K.(2018, December 21st). Know Your Rocks: An Overview of the Geology of Natural Stone Use Natural Stone. https://usenaturalstone.org/geology-natural-stone/