We have often mentioned the unique beauty of natural stone that is the result of the varied nature of natural stone color and pattern. At Architectural Stone Elements, not only do we offer our clients a selection of different carving styles to seamlessly coordinate with any architectural and decor style, but we carry a vast selection of colors and patterns.
First, we offer a gorgeous selection of Cantera stone. The word Cantera is Spanish for “quarry”. Cantera stone is quarried igneous stone that is then carved into exquisite forms by expert craftsmen, which gives it it’s immense value. Each region in North America has its own unique Cantera stones that are produced in different colors, hardness and textures throughout. Because it takes millions of years for this stone to be formed, it is an incredibly valuable resource. Cantera stone comes in shades including neutral tans and beiges, as well as reds, greens, and other earth tones. Beginning in the 16th century, Cantera stone rose in popularity and became the prime choice for the building of monasteries and churches in Europe. At Architectural Stone Elements, we want to provide our clients with the highest quality materials which is why we mine selected areas and quarries. This customized carved stone is in very high demand and we ensure that our Cantera stone is handled by only skilled craftsmen that know how to properly handle such valuable material when hand-carving it into architectural and art pieces.
In addition to Cantera, we also offer a beautiful selection of limestone. Limestone is a sedimentary rock that is composed largely of the minerals calcite and aragonite. Travertine is also a type of limestone. Limestone is typically available in whites, tans and cream colors. What truly sets limestone apart is the wide variety of texture and tint that it exhibits. This high density beauty is a top notch architectural stone and can be used in a variety of applications which is why it is often chosen over granite or sandstone. Travertine has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, and cream-colored varieties. And Marble is a non-foliated metamorphic rock composed of re-crystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. With our vast selection of such lovely and unique stones, and their colors and patterns, we can help any client find the ideal natural stone to suit their needs and enhance their home’s architecture, decorative style, and value.