Perlato Sicilia Limestone
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Synonyms: Creme Perla, Dolcetto Perlato, Pearl Beige, Perlato d'Italia, Perlato di Sicilia, Perlatto Sicilia
Location: Perlato Sicilia limestone is quarried near Custonaci, Erice, Trapani, Sicilia, Italy and is Sicily's most important construction stone with about 200 quarries of nearly 50 companies.
Description: Perlato Sicilia Limestone is a beige limestone of the Eocene period (other authorities say Cretaceous), with brown stylolitic veins. This stone internationally may be nominated as a marble but in the area of application of the European Standard this stone must be nominated as limestone. There is also a Perlatino Sicilia with a finer texture.
A small sample of Perlato Sicilia limestone is usually representative owing to a small variation in veining. Swatch samples must be approved for large projects to ensure that the blocks are all extracted from the same quarry face for matching purposes. Perlato Sicilia limestone is ideal for both interior and exterior use however polish is only constant inside and it is not frost resistant.
Mineral Composition: Average by %:
Limestone: A sedimentary rock, mainly composed of mineral calcite. The primary source of the calcite is usually marine organisms, which settle out of the water column and are deposited on the ocean floors as pelagic ooze (but see lysocline for information on calcite dissolution). Secondary calcite may also be deposited in super-saturated meteoric waters, as is evidenced by the creation of stalagmites and stalactites.