Marble Quartz Surfaces: Is it Better than the Real Thing?

The use of marble in architecture dates back to 400 BC, but it is best known for its use in Roman design and Greek antiquity. Marble has long been a desirable material due to its smooth finish and wide range of colours and patterns. From the white marble of the Acropolis to the intricate coloured marble of Ancient Rome’s Pantheon, marble is a sign of quality, status and style.

Since antiquity, coloured marble has been used as a building material in constantly changing aesthetic and historical contexts, and it is therefore still hugely popular, and a desirable choice for many family homes. What you may not know, is that many marble designs are actually created with quartz – which, many have argued, is more durable and usable than actual marble. It’s also ideal for kitchen worktops…

So what are the benefits of marble quartz worktops? We hear you ask.

Marble Quartz worktops are affordable

It’s not going to cost you a fortune to achieve a stylish marble kitchen design; quartz is a popular alternative and comes in many designs so you can create your ideal kitchen!

You can get quartz that looks incredibly close to the real thing, at a fraction of the price. Aurea Stone, a new brand available at J Rotherham, offers a collection of white beautiful white marble colours-  “the brightest and whitest on the market”.

The Aurea Stone® collection represents a significant leap forward in the quality of both aesthetic and surface performance to create perfect white marble colours and the most realistic high definition veining. This is a movement they’re calling the next generation of quartz surfaces; Quartz 2.0.

This collection of stunning kitchen worktops and surfaces are ideal for those wanting a sophisticated, Instagram-worthy home.

                       Aurea Stone, exclusive to J. Rotherham

A never-ending choice of colours

There is a huge range of colours and designs to choose from when opting for quartz worktops. Gemini Quartz®, by J Rotherham, offers a whole collection of up to 30 unique colours.  The metamorphic collection,  is a selection of marble inspired quartz which cover a wide array of colour, tone and characteristics –  mimicking the look and feel of some of the most infamous marbles on the planet from the likes of white marbles such as Calacatta marble to rich dark marbles like Nero Marquina.

                                      J. Rotherham kitchen design featuring Gemini Quartz® Nero Marquina.

It’s incredibly durable

As Quartz worktops are engineered, they are incredibly durable and therefore ideal for kitchens. Stronger than granite,  quartz worktops are heat resistant and ca withstand much more than other surfaces. This isn’t to say quartz work surfaces should be abused; like any beautiful decor applied to the home, your quartz worktops should be looked after with the appropriate care and maintenance.

They’re scratch and stain resistant

Quartz worktops are scratch resistant; the only natural stones that are harder than quartz are Diamond, Sapphire and Topaz. In comparison granite and real marbles, both Gemini Quartz® and Aurea Stone have stain resistant properties due to the non-porous properties of the materials, mastered in the manufacturing process.

Black Magic, part of the Gemini Quartz® Metamorphic Collection

They look amazing!

Quartz worktops look incredible; the bright colours and exquisite patterns possible through quartz manufacture, means that whatever design you choose, you’ll be proud to show off your space. If you’re looking for the perfect kitchen, make sure you request a brochure for inspiration and more information.