Stone Profile: Super White Quartzite
I’d like to introduce you to Super White Quartzite, a gorgeous grey and white stone that has has the appearance of an aerial photograph of an icy, arctic ocean. Super White is sometimes also called Fantasy White Quartzite or White Vermont Quartzite. Quartzite has become an increasingly in-demand natural stone in the last two years. Besides it’s unique beauty, quartzite attracts homeowners because it has the look of marble, but is far more durable.
A question our customers frequently ask is, “Is Super White a granite or a marble?” Some of our suppliers list it as a granite and others have it filed under marble. The answer is neither.
In fact, many of the natural stones sold as “granite,” such as our Black Mosaic Gold Granite are not actually “true granite” by geological standards. But don’t worry. Your granite suppliers and fabricators aren’t lying to you! There are so many different geological terms for all these beautiful natural stones, so we put them in the broader “granite” category because they will all act and can be treated like true granite.
Super White is a Quartzite (not to be confused with man-made “quartz”). It is actually harder than granite. Quartzite is a tough, non-foliated metamorphic rock with a large amount of natural quartz (again, the mineral, not the term used to describe engineered counter materials like Caesarstone or Silestone).
Quick geology lesson: there are three main categories of rocks in the world: Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary. Granite is an igneous rock. Marble and Quartzite are metamorphic. However, as mentioned before, quartzite is much harder than marble and often harder than granite. Quartzite changed from sandstone and/or chert into its present state after extreme pressure and heat underground, probably thousands of years ago. That is why it has that stunning glassy finish. It is often white and grey in coloration (like the Super White). Fun fact: in the stone age, quartzite was used as a substitute for flint.
If you love quartzite, you should definitely take a look at White Macaubas Quartzite.
While quartzite is usually a white/ gray color, it can have other colors in it. Colored quartzite is due to “mineral impurities.” This doesn’t mean the colored quartzites are inferior for countertop use, although some, like Wood Stone Granite, are a little softer than some of the harder quartzites (although still harder than marble).
Wood Stone Granite (it’s usually called granite at most fabricators and suppliers, so we’ll use that term for consistency) is a beautiful example of a quartzite that has been colored by some atypical mineral:
Fusion Granite (again, using “granite” for consistency) is another stunning quartzite with some colorful minerals:
And lastly, here is a slideshow of Super White Quartzite installed in a beautiful home on the water in Southern Maryland. The house was newly constructed, but designed to look like the historic homes of the area.
And here’s us being cute back when most clients had never heard of quartzite:
Want to read about more beautiful, unique natural stones? Check out these posts:
- Soapstone: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About This Amazing Stone
- Black Mosaic Gold Granite (A conglomerate granite)
- Rainforest Brown Granite & Rainforest Green Granite
- Leathered and Honed Granite (matte finish & texture)