Quartz.. Some Interesting Facts

Have you ever wondered where Quartz worktop comes from, how they’ve been made and what they contain? Well Quartz is a natural mineral and the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s continental crust.

INTERESTING QUARTZ FACTS

  • Quartz is non-porous which makes it ideal for a kitchen worktop as the non-porous qualities give it anti-bacteria qualities.
  • The word “quartz” is derived from the German word “Quarz”
  • One thing that Quartz has got going for it is toughness. Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world, classified as a 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. To give you an idea of how hard that is, Diamonds are ranked the hardest at number 10.
  • So as a result, it’s very difficult to scratch quartz worktops due to their hardness. In fact if you took a knife and attempted to scratch the surface, it will more than likely blunt your knife first!
  • Quartz worktops are actually made up of roughly 7% resin and 93% quartz. When the quartz compound is made the mixture is poured into moulds which are all part of the journey in becoming a quartz worktop.
  • Quartz is a defining constituent of granite and other felsic igneous rocks.
  • Common coloured varieties of quartz include citrine, rose quartz, amethyst, smoky quartz, milky quartz, and others.
  • Quartz as a material has been used in sandpaper, radar and soap.
  • Since antiquity, varieties of quartz have been the most commonly used minerals in the making of jewellery and hardstone carvings, especially in Europe and the Middle East.

So you see, the origins and usages of quartz tell an interesting tale, long before they became worktops. You can also read our blog Part 1 – “Granite.. Some Interesting Facts” for more unusual facts.

If you would like to discuss more about quartz worktops, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Donna on 01565 300065 or email us at enquries@cheshiregraniteworktops.co.uk

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