MarbleMarble is a beautiful metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals. That is the main reason that marble tends to sparkle when light hits it. Marble is commonly used for sculpture as well as a building material. Itself, the word marble means "crystalline rock" or "shining stone" and it was very popular in the ancient civilizations of the Greeks, and the Romans. Marble forms when limestone is subjected to the heat and pressure of metamorphism. It is composed primarily of the mineral calcite and usually contains minerals such as clay, micas, quartz, pyrite, iron oxides, and graphite. Its color is mainly white, but it has also been found through history in blue, green, black, yellow and pinkish tones.
When marble is extremely pure, it can develop a bright white color, which is much desired in architecture for cosmetic reasons. This kind of marble when crushed into powder is also used for many other appliances like coloring agent and filler in paint. This powder has also been used in whitewash, putty, plastic, grout, cosmetics, paper, and other manufactured products.
About Carrara Marble
The famous Carrara Marble is a type of white or blue-grey marble of very high quality. The Carrara Marble has been popular for sculpture and building decor. It is quarried in the city of Carrara located in the province of Massa and Carrara in the Lunigiana, the northernmost tip of modern-day Tuscany, Italy. The marble from Carrara was used for some of the most remarkable buildings in Ancient Rome:
- The Pantheon
- Trajan's Column
- Column of Marcus Aurelius
The Carrara Marble was also used in the sculpture David from Michelangelo. Sculpture in marble survives far better than works of art in perishable materials, and often represents the majority of the surviving works (other than pottery) from ancient cultures.
Healing powers of Marble Stones
Thanks to its complex structure, marble is often used in tantric activities. It has also been known to help with clarity during meditative states, and also has been used for recalling dreams. It’s thought to help with serenity and mastery and actualization of one's thoughts. It is also used to help in accessing unused portions of the human brain.