Rosa Portogallo Marble
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Synonyms: Estremoz Rosa, Rosa Aurora, Rosa Portugal, Vigaria
Location: Rosa Portogallo marble is quarried in the Estremoz region, Evora, Alentejo, Portugal. There are many different quarries therefore the spread of colour and decoration of Rosa Portogallo is very wide.
Description: Rosa Portogallo marble is a fine to medium-grained, pink marble of the Lower Cambrian period. This stone internationally may be nominated as a marble and in the area of application of the European Standard this stone must be nominated as marble.
A small sample of Rosa Portogallo marble is not representative owing to a wide variation in colour and 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. Rosa Portogallo marble is frost resistant, ideal for both interior and exterior use however polish is only constant inside.
Mineral Composition: Average by %:
Marble: Is a metamorphosed limestone, composed of very pure calcium carbonate, CaCO3. The softness of marble and its relative isotropy and homogeneity make marble very desirable for sculpture and building stone. Although marble comes from limestone, the temperatures and pressures necessary to form marble usually destroy any fossils that may have been present in the limestone.