Although it may seem like it’s on the pricey side because of its high-brow appearance, some marble actually costs less than other natural stone countertop materials. Although the cost varies depending on the specific type, marble oftentimes is less expensive than granite or quartz.
There are a lot of man-made countertop materials out there that attempt to recreate the look of marble— but with limited success. Since marble is created from sedimentary dolomite— also known as limestone rock— through a natural process, each piece is one-of-a-kind.
Marble’s various colors and hues are determined by the area of origin and the specific proportion of minerals in the original limestone it was mined from. The distinctive veining that the material is famous for is derived from impurities trapped in the limestone that reacted with extreme heat and pressure.