Origin of Natural Stone

Origin of Natural Stone

Natural Stone is located throughout the world. Many countries process natural stone for sale in The United States. Some of the more active countries in producing Natural Stone include the following:

  • USA
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain
  • Turkey

Natural Stone is often located deep in the mountains and is mined in areas referred to as quarries. The process of mining these stones starts with the side of the mountain being carved into to remove what is known as "blocks" in the industry. These blocks often weigh in excess of 40,000 pounds and are carefully removed from the mining site and brought to facilities to be sliced into slabs, polished and finished.

As slabs are finished, each slab is inspected to determine its ranking amongst other similar stones. The best quality slabs are often referred to as first quality or premium stones. The remaining slabs that are not considered first choice are then classified as second choice and commercial grade. It is during this process that Elite Stone Importers selects only the finest in quality and size. Elite Stone Importers has strict quality guidelines and procedures to ensure that we purchase the best materials the market has to offer. Once the slabs are approved by us, they are bundled together and shipped. As most natural stones sold in the United States today are produced overseas, bundles are packed in containers and shipped to our location via ocean liners.

At Elite Stone Importers, you can view hundreds of colors and variations of stone from multiple countries in one location.