Selecting the Right Stone For You

Proper care and maintenance of stone begins with the right stone selection. To begin it is important to carefully select your fabricator, as they should be able to assist you in choosing the appropriate stone for the environment it will be installed.

In 1812 a German mineralogist devised the Mohs Scale of mineral hardness, based on ten common or most readily available minerals.



This scale can be used today to help one decide on a stone to have installed. Harder stones, those with a higher Mohs number, are less susceptible to scratches, whereas those on the scale with a 5 and lower can be more easily scratched by sediment and grit.


Consider the following common minerals for examples:

Calcite based stones include marbles, travertine, limestone, etc. They are commonly found in kitchens, however they require a higher level of special care because they scratch easier and easily etch with acid.

Quartz based stones include granites, sandstones, etc. These stones are typically used for countertops, flooring, showers, and vertical surfaces, as they are not vulnerable to acids and scratching.

Selecting the right stone may be a difficult task if you do not have the right information on what is most appropriate for its location!


If you would like a professional opinion please don’t hesitate to call or email us.


Possibly consider several of our older posts, which cover a few stone topics that could aid in your decision:

Marble vs Granite: The Basics

Natural Stone at Home: Polished or Honed?

Re-Thinking Limestone

The Onyx Countertop Trend

What Is Slate and Why Should I Get it Installed?