Bianco Napoleone Granite
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Synonyms: Branco Napoleone, Napoleone White
Location: Bianco Napoleone granite is quarried at quarry RN 000212, Corrego da Rapadura, Vila Pavao, Espirito Santo, Brazil. This is the lower layer of the Giallo Napoleone Grande quarry.
Description: Bianco Napoleone granite is a coarse-grained, beige-grey gneisssic granite with very big feldspar crystals and some smaln brown-red garnets. This stone internationally may be nominated as a granite but in the area of application of the European Standard we are awaiting clarification.
The veining and colour varies therefore a small sample of Bianco Napoleone granite may not be representative of the whole slab therefore swatch samples must be approved for large projects to ensure that the blocks are all extracted from the same quarry face for matching purposes. Ideal for both interior and exterior use, Bianco Napoleone granite is frost free and polish constant.
Granite: Granite is a common and widely occurring type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock. Granites are usually medium to coarse grained, occasionally with some individual crystals larger than the groundmass forming a rock known as porphyry. Granites can be pink to dark grey or even black, depending on their chemistry and mineralogy.
Gneiss: A common and widely distributed type of rock formed by high-grade regional metamorphic processes from pre-existing formations that were originally either igneous or sedimentary rocks. Gneissic rocks are usually medium to coarse-foliated and largely recrystallized but do not carry large quantities of micas, chlorite or other platy minerals. Gneisses that are metamorphosed igneous rocks or their equivalent are termed granite gneisses, diorite gneisses, etc.