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Verde Antique

Often described commercially as a marble, verde antique is actually a type of serpentinite, a metamorphic rock primarily composed of the mineral serpentine. The material is frequently classed as a marble, however, due to its characteristic mottled or veined appearance and its ability to be polished to a marble-like luster.

Verde antique is usually green in color, but may also display a yellowish hue. It is primarily utilized as an ornamental stone and was particularly popular among the ancient Romans, who often used it to accent pillars and create ornate indoor decorations. Consequently, many buildings from the Italian Renaissance, as well as modern structures built in a Romanesque style, also utilize verde antique. In the United States, verde antique is quarried in several locations, including Georgia, California, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Vermont. The physical properties of most varieties of the stone make it most suitable for use in locations where it is shielded from abrasion and the elements.


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