There are seemingly countless numbers of different granites, marbles, and other natural stones on the market today. This wide variety gives homeowners a lot of choices for what to use in their homes, but it can also bring some confusion, particularly surrounding the names of the stones. This is especially true when looking at what appears to be two very similar looking stones that have different names.
There are many times when a single granite or marble may have as many as three or four different names. Sometimes this is due to translation – Azul Celeste, for example, can sometimes be found as Blue Celeste, Celeste Blue, and Blue Sky. This is all the same stone, taken from the same quarry, but the various vendors may relabel the stone by translating or partially translating its name.
Other times a stone may have two completely different names that have seemingly little in common. An example of this would be Giallo Ornamentale, which can also be found under the names Antico, Napoleon, Veneziano, and Vicenza, with or without the word Giallo or Gold attached. This kind of relabeling is frequently done so that stone yards can discourage competition and show off seemingly unique stones that can’t be found at other nearby sources.
The one exception to this rule is the more popular stones; the more well known a stone becomes, the less likely it is to have a lot of different names. Uba Tuba, Absolute Black, or Bianco Carrara are all examples of well-known stones that people are likely to ask for by name.
If you have found a particular stone that you like, either in a showroom or in a friend’s kitchen, and you are unable to locate this stone at your local stone yard, consider whether this stone may be found under a different name. In some cases this may mean looking for the original Italian, Portuguese, or French spelling – Costa Esmerelda instead of Coast Green, for example – and in others it may mean searching for alternative names in a stone data base. With a little effort you can usually find the stone you’re looking for, even if at first glance it doesn’t seem to be readily available.