Quartzite Worktops
What is Quartzite?

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Quartzite is a natural stone, metamorphosed from Sandstone, quarried to make tough and durable Quartzite Worktops


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Quartzite Worktops Synopsis

There is little doubt that quartzite is of the toughest natural worktop surface choices with a huge quartz content of over 90%. Naturally durable and resistant due to its quartz content, Yes, quartzite worktops are tough, but despite its amazing natural resistances, it is not impervious and any extreme activity can and will mark the surface just like any other. It must be understood that all quartzites differences in appearances is due to all the minerals from the environment it was created and as a result the surface may vary in hardness and some areas or colours may mark easier than others. It is for this reason, sealing natural quartzite worktops periodically is essential for the longevity and upkeep of this material. Often mistaken by name for the engineered quartz materials and sometimes tougher marbles have been misrepresented as quartzite, it is very important that you speak to an expert first to ensure that your quartzite is in fact a quartzite.


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20mm Bianco Eclipse Quartzite Worktops

Upstands & Breakfast bar

Marc from Roydon

2cm Bianco Eclipse Quartzite Kitchen Worktops
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2cm Bianco Eclipse Quartzite Kitchen Worktops

Bianco Eclipse Quartzite Worktops

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30mm Bianco Glacialle Quartzite Worktops

Ogee edge profile, Hob Splashback and Upstands

Sheila from Harlow

3cm Bianco Glacialle Quartzite Kitchen Worktops
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3cm Bianco Glacialle Quartzite Kitchen Worktops

Bianco Glacialle Quartzite Worktops

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30mm Bianco Glacialle Quartzite Worktops

Ogee & Full Bullnose edge profile, Breakfast bar, Hob Splashback and Shelf

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3cm Bianco Glacialle Quartzite Worktos
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3cm Bianco Glacialle Quartzite Kitchen Worktops

Bianco Glacialle Quartzite Worktops

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Examples of Quartzite Worktop Surfaces

Bianco Eclipse Quartzite
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Bianco Eclipse Quartzite

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Brazilian:
Bianco Eclipse Quartzite varies in its patterning from soft to sharp veining and colouration from light grey to dark grey. Quartzite slabs are mostly available in large format, allowing 3 runs of 3m length worktops.


Bianco Glacialle Quartzite
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Bianco Glacialle Quartzite

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Bianco Glacialle Quartzite is a clean bright white with swathes of grey veins and can be backlit due to its clear quartz content making the grey appear a pinkish hue. Bianco Glacialle Quartzite slabs sizes allows 2 runs of 3m length worktops.


Cristallo Imperiale Quartzite
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Cristallo Imperiale Quartzite

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Italian:
Cristallo Imperiale Quartzite has striking contrasting veins. Perfect for backlighting due to its crystalline transparency, this quartzite has been very popular in Harlow this year 2021. Cristallo imperial quartzite slabs are large and could provide upto 3 lengths of 3m worktops


Macaubus Quartzite
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Macaubus Quartzite

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Brazilian:
Macaubus Quartzite has striking contrasting veins varying in intensity, also its sibling, Calacatta Macaubus with larger veins. Light to mid grey with green, gold and brown infused colours. Macaubus quartzite slabs are large and can provide upto 3 lengths of 3m worktops


Mont Blanc Quartzite
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Mont Blanc Quartzite

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Brazilian:
Mont Blanc Quartzite with a creamy white background, plainer than a Macaubus with lighter veining that is grey with a tinge of brown. Perfect for a bright soft and veiny kitchen worktop. Mont Blanc quartzite slabs are large and may provide upto 3 lengths of 3m worktops


Portomare Quartzite
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Portomare Quartzite

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Brazilian:
Multicoloured and Exotic in appearance, Portomare quartzite is quarried in Brazil. With its eye catching blend of colours and patterns, this quartzite will become a focal point just like any colourful painting. Available in large format, Portomare Quartzite could provide upto 3 lengths of 2.9m worktops


Sea Pearl Quartzite
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Sea Pearl Quartzite

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Brazilian:
Adorned with subtle but contrasting veins, Sea Pearl quartzite is a very hard quartzite quarried in Brazil. Sea Pearls smooth blend of colours of greys, browns and blue hues jump out against its pearlescent background. Available in large format, Sea Pearl Quartzite can provide upto 3 lengths of 3m worktops


Taj Mahal Quartzite
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Taj Mahal Quartzite

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Brazilian:
Creamy Taj Mahal Quartzite from Brazil has soft features. Wispy and feathery veins of subtle gold appear as though washed over the surface and left too dry into subtle tide marks or concentrated into pools. Available in large format, Taj Mahal quartzite will provide 3 lengths of 3 metre worktops


Van Gogh Quartzite
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Van Gogh Quartzite

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Brazilian:
Much like Van Gogh's paintings, colourful but Brazillian, Van Gogh Quartzite varies incredibly in patterns and colours and striking cross veins. It is perfect as a showpiece or feature to add warmth to any room and gallery. Size of this colourful quartz vary and are according to availability



What is Quartzite? Quartzite is a sum of the minerals it is formed from, but at least 80% quartz minerals!


What is Quartzite?

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Quartzite Diversity

The choice of quartzites, as a natural and quarried stone, is very diverse. Many are suitable for quartzite kitchen worktops, and colours vary substantially from one type to another. With appearances that can be best described as abstract paintings, some with vivid colouration, bright and pearlescent or gentle with linear veins. It is guaranteed that you will have a unique kitchen worktop for all to admire.

Minerals and Hardness

It is important to recognise that as quartzite is natural, it is not impenetrable and any extreme activity can and will mark the surface just like any other material. Quartzite is of the minerals from the environment it was formed, and is the reason why quartzite has a wide variety of colours. The variations of colours may have an impact on its hardness; in other words, some areas or colours may mark or scratch easier than others.

What is Quartzite you ask?

SUMMARY: Quartzite is formed when Chert or Quartz Rich Sandstone is exposed to high temperatures and pressures through metamorphism, fusing the quartz grains together to form a dense, hard, equigranular Metamorphic Rock called Quartzite. To be classified as quartzite, a metamorphic rock must contain at least 80% quartz by volume. Quartzite appearances are determined through the metamorphism process and the minerals within its environment.


Quartzite worktops maybe tough, but even the strong has weaknesses and need love and support!


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Quartzite Support Bars

Quartzite is that tough, that when broken with force, the break will cut through the quartz crystals along the break line. It is for this reason that supports will be required to the front and back of cut-outs for sinks and hobs. Also, it is likely that veins and fissures within the quartzite worktop will cross the narrowed sections making weak points too.

Quartzite Material Sourcing

With the range of colours available varying substantially from each block cut from the quarry. It is advised projects requiring precise colour and pattern matching are quantized carefully so that ordered surfaces are cut from the same block. Check with us in advance to material source your preffered quartzite material, as stone suppliers stock levels vary from day to day to meet demands.

Sealing Quartzite worktops

Quartzite worktops require little maintenance in contrast to alternative stone surfaces and only require sealing once yearly to maintain its low porosity, antibacterial and anti-mold aspects. Wiping the surface clean with a soft cloth and warm soapy water is all that is required to clean - it is the household cleaning chemicals and abrasives that should be avoided as these only wear away the protective sealant layer.


Naturally resistant as formed in nature. Quartzite Worktops will last a lifetime given the natural care that was intended!


What is Quartzite Resistances?

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Porosity of Quartzite

Quartzite porosity is low due to its mineral content, however, sealing once a year is advised to help it maintain this quality. At mgm & Rocks Ltd we seal all quartzite surfaces before installation.

Hardness of Quartzite

Quartzite is tough with a mohs hardness of 7 to 8 (10 being that of diamond). Harder than granite that is 6 to 6.5 on the mohs scale, it is the high quartz content that relates to this tough materials hardness

Heat & Thermal Resistance

Formed through extreme temperatures, it is no wonder heat and thermal resistant quartzite can withstand placed pots and pans, however, it is advised that trivets be used due to localised thermal shock

Stain Resistance Quartzite

As a dense material, quartzite fairs very well to staining from chemicals and acids and should be able to withstand lemon on its surface for many days before any discolouration appears

Scratch Resistant Quartzite

Being almost twice as hard as glass, quartzite is extremely scratch resistant. Out of all engineered and natural stone worktop surfaces - quartzite definately takes the lead

Sunlight & UV Resistance

Quartzite is as expected naturally resistant to sunlight and UV ray exposure, making quartzite a very good option for both indoor and outdoor worktops in direct, natural light without fading

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