Types of stones

The natural stone is one of the most primal materials we know.

For millennia it has fascinated people with its colours, shapes and its resistance. In conjunction with artisanal processing each piece is given an individual character.

Marble – Chalk stone

Marble is the best-known and most precious types of masonry stone.

The marbles from Laas and Göfflan are nowadays world-renowed.

In addition to the marble from South Tyrol we also use the marble from Asiago, which is available in different colours and is of exceptional quality.

This is mined from quarries situated more than 2,000 meters above sea level, and is able to resist to all manner of weather conditions.

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Granite

Granite is an igneous plutonic rock which is rich in quartz and feldspars.

In most cases, granites arise not from the material of the mantle, but from molten material of the lower crust. It might take periods of 10 to 15 million years for the formation of granite rocks.

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Porphyry

Porphyry is a volcanic rock with dense or fine-grained matrix.

When magma slowly cools inside the earth, few but relative big crystals are produced at first. In the event that there are rapid rises of magma (volcanic eruption) during the cooling phase, the remaining liquid magma cools much more rapidly and crystallizes in numerous microscopic crystals, which form the basic matrix of the porphyries.

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Sandstone

Sandstone is a sedimentary rock clastic with a share of at least 50% grains of sand. It is formed by the cementing of loose sand and admixtures of coarse or fine sediment particles (clay, silt, pebbles). Due to its formation, it is called a "soft" stone.

Sandstone is a common building material and is usually used for pavement, sculptures and especially for facades and religious buildings.

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