Marble and Marbella: What's the Difference, and Why We Love Both!

Marble and Marbella: What's the Difference, and Why We Love Both!

Yesterday in a Facebook Live video, American Freight buyer, Mia, introduced us all to the Greystone Dining Set with a gorgeous authentic Spanish marble table top. She explained how special marble is but she only has so much time and there’s SO MUCH MORE that can be said about marble. So, we’re going to dive a little deeper about how marble is formed and why it’s so unique, how to tell the difference between marble and Marbella (man-made marble), and ways to test to see if a material is real or faux.

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The Story of Marble (It’s Pretty Short).

It all starts with some limestone. Various mineral impurities collide and mix with the limestone which in turn creates the veins and swirls seen in marble slabs. These impurities can present themselves in a variety of colors: cream, violet, red, and blue in random, long, natural streaks. The main takeaway is because marble occurs naturally the patterns are never the same. Marble is automatically created customized.  

Marbella vs. Marble

Both materials are great but it’s also important to know the difference so that you can make an informed decision. Marbella often looks very close to marble and it’s usually much more affordable than the alternative. It can be produced through engineering or high quality paper printing which produces patterns that are the same on every piece that is produced. Enjoy the design of marble without a higher price tag.

But every characteristic of marble cannot be replicated. Every piece of marble is different from the other so your piece will be unique and personal to you. The veining has more depth and dimension in real marble than in manufactured, and the glossiness is off the charts. It can’t be duplicated. 










How Do I Know…

If my marble is real?

  • The Feel
  • The Look
  • “Flaws”
  • Let’s start with the most distinctive and immediate way to tell a true marble: it’s COLD to the touch! TECHNICALLY, it’s not cold but actually room temperature but anyway, marble absorbs heat but then the heat dissipates through the marble very quickly.

Marble is heavy. If you lift something that looks like it may be marble and you can easily hold it over your head, then it’s probably not marble.

  • Another quick way to tell a real slab of marble just by glancing at it is the clear shine when it is polished. Manmade materials will also be glossy but not the same as marble. It’s just one of those characteristics that is distinctive to marble and must be seen to understand. So visit your local store and test shine the marble for yourself!
  • To be clear, we are NOT calling the veining found throughout marble, flaws. Quite the opposite. But until you understand marble, the random detailing may be a little off-putting especially next to the planned patterned details in the man-made Marbella. But that veining, the random, color varied veining, is a foolproof way to make sure that marble is marble.

We have soft spots for both marble and Marbella and there’s a time, and place in your home for both, depending on your style preference. And lucky us, and you, we carry dining sets for everyone’s design aesthetic!


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