Downsides of Quartz sparklie nuggets in counter?

caveman_mikeMarch 10, 2013

I don't know the proper name for those sparkling things that look like diamond chips in the Cambria quartz counter I saw recently.

1) What are they called?

2) Any downsides or issues with them? They seemed cool, and immediately tipped me off that I wasn't looking at a Formica counter.

I'm leaning towards something like Cambria Somerset (at least in color):

I don't know yet if they have something similar that does have those sparkle chips. I located a showroom which has Cambria and am going there next weekend.


Here is a link that might be useful: Cambria

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Mike, order a couple of samples from Cambria - mine came in about a week, and I've enjoyed looking at a 12"x12" sample in our kitchen under different light conditions.

Those little 2"x3" samples at the store just don't cut it.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 2:38PM
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No downside for me, other than frequently mistaking them for crumbs . . .

I have Bristol Blue, and the sparkles look great in that dark, dark blue.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 3:01PM
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Sophie Wheeler

They are actual quartz crystals. Can't think of a downside to them other than you may not want to place any loose diamonds on the counter or you may not find them easily. Cambria is pretty awesome---and USA made, the ONLY quartz surface that is.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 3:27PM
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Molly Phillips

Actually, hollysprings, LG Viatera is made in the USA. I'm not sure all of the tops are but the one I've ordered specifically says made in the USA.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 10:13PM
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Good thing I don't have any diamonds :-)

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 7:48AM
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