The virtues of marble speak for themselves. It has been treasured by cultures all over the world throughout history: this material stands all on its own as one of the natural world’s most fundamental works of art. This igneous stone comes in a wonderful display of color. Your choice of hues include solid white, solid black and a variety of color spectrums. Marble is heat resistant. In the kitchen, it stands up well to hot pans and pots. But, being a porous stone it absorbs liquids so it’s important to not have liquids rest on it for very long. Calcite is a softer stone – more comparable to marble in terms of hardness, ranking about a 4 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Marble can scratch, etch and stain easily if not sealed or cared for properly.