Quartz substitute for marble

its4tinaMarch 31, 2012

I am in love with the look of carrera marble countertops, but I cannot convince my husband to give them a chance. Although I have shared many of your wonderful posts on marble countertops, he won't budge. So I set out on a search for a substitute, and we decided quartz is the best option for our needs. I was all set on Caeserstone Misty Carrera when a local fabricator mentioned a new product called Vicostone Carrara. She said it is the closest thing to marble she has seen. So I felt it was worth a look and ordered a sample. All I can say is WOW!!! Now I'm torn between this product and Caeserstone Misty Carrera. Caeserstone definitely wins out as far as stability and reputation are concerned, but the Vicostone product really does look more like marble!!! Has anyone heard of Vicostone? I was told it used to be sold under the parent company of Stylenquaza. Here is the website, but it does not seem as established as other quartz companies like Cambria and Caeserstone. They also have a newer color coming out that looks a lot like Calcutta Marble with the prominent veining.

http://www.stylenquaza.com/hpc.asp?action=vdt&mdn=172&group_id=18

What would you guys recommend? Should I go for the company taht is the most known or the surface I think looks the best? Thanks in advance!!

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laurajane02

I haven't heard of Vicostone, however, I'm also interested in a marble-look quartz. The one I'm considering at this point is Cambria Torquay. A few people have used it on GW and seem to like it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Torquay thread

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 11:32PM
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its4tina

laurajane02--Thanks for the link. I'll have to check out Cambria too. Dallas has a Vicostone showroom, and I'm going to try to stop by one day to look into this product a little more. It will be challenging because they are only open during the week. The sample is awesome, and I'm interested to see a whole countertop made of it. I held the sample up to my mother-in-law's antique marble table top, and it looked very, very close. I also have a sample for Bianco River by Silestone that I picked up at Home Depot, and the Vicostone dfinitely looks more "authentic." I'm going to see if I can get a sample of the Caeserstone Misty Carrera to do a comparison.

In my digging, I also found a better website for Vicostone.

http://sunlandjsc.com/demo/vicostone/en/

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 8:39AM
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writersblock

Misty Carrera is a very handsome countertop, but IMHO it doesn't look a lot like marble.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 10:42AM
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AnnaA

We just installed Silestone Lyra last week. We chose it over Bianco River for whatever reason now...truly do forget. But if you search this forum for 'Quartz', my pictures of our install will show up. (I've got to go back to the directions on posting in-forum links...sorry.)

We are impressed with how smooth and shiny it is. We were not looking for something that would look like marble, as we were going for a design, that yes I can see, does have a marble-like look.

Happy picking!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 11:41AM
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1929Spanish

We're going with Corian Rain Cloud. Not quartz, but it still has a really nice look. Nothing is going to look like real marble. I got over this by putting a little carrara in our new bathroom.

I looked at the Vicostone site and their Calacatta was ok, but it didn't look exactly like marble. Pay attention to how it looks with the rest of your kitchen. Misty Carrera ran too grey and Torquay ran too cream for what we were putting together.

Our kitchen isn't done, or I'd post a picture.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 11:51AM
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2LittleFishies

Nothing substitutes it as you know buy Corian Rain Cloud is beautiful!
I found the quartzes to be artificial looking. It really depends on the direction of your kitchen though. They CAN work in the right setting : )

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 1:12PM
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2LittleFishies

PS- I have a PILE of quartz/corian samples and ended up not loving any of them. We are going with Vermont Danby Marble. It is less porous than the Italian marbles supposedly. It still will etch but it's beautiful. Here's a link just in case.... They have some that are gray and others with the gold/caramel coloring...

Here is a link that might be useful: Vermont Danby Marble

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 1:14PM
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2LittleFishies

I'm sorry but I also don't think Misty Carrara looks like Carrara at all....

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 1:15PM
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sas95

I don't think any of the quartz products look like marble. I'm not a fan of the quartzes that try to look like something else. If you go with quartz, it should be because you like the look of the quartz itself. I love my quartz, but I was attracted to it precisely because I did not want the look of granite or marble. If you want a marble look, then yes, fake marble looks fake.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 1:48PM
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deeageaux

Victostone uses Italian Breton machines which is what Silestone,Caesarstone,and Cambria use.

But it is a Vietnamese company started in 2002.

IMO Cambria Torquay looks like the Marble of my dreams,how it should look without all the grey.


If you want marble "patina" or "character" with etching and staining then go for marble.I would rather go for "fake" perfection.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 2:57PM
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2LittleFishies

Here is a topic I started on same back in November:
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg1117452030377.html

A bit over 1/2 way down at on Fri, Nov 4, 11 at 14:35 there is a link to photos with Imperial Danby Marble compared with Torquay and 2 corian products. I think it may be helpful? It's a length thread but it may be a good read : )

Fishies

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 4:03PM
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its4tina

Thank you to everyone out there for your very informative posts. I agree with many of you, and I do think the only way to get that true marble look is to get a marble countertop. Oh if I could only convince my husband that we need it in our kitchen.

I can't wait to read all of the posts everyone referenced here.

I was able to grab a nice big sample of Caeserstone Misty Carrera today at The Great Indoors in Dallas. Because the Great Indoors is going out of business, the SA let me keep a huge 10 inch sample.

We are going to try to make it to the Vicostone showroom tomorrow to look at big slabs of the Carrara color.

I'll be sure to post a follow-up. Thanks to you all for your wonderful advice and input. This board is so amazing.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 11:43PM
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dragonfly08

I was in your same position not long ago and after eliminating every quartz and granite we looked at, went to the stone yard to pick my marble slabs when I walked into the Super White quartzite... It was love at first sight! In my research, it's the only non-marble stone that actually looks like marble, but without the marble "fuss". Our kitchen was finished about 2 wks ago and I'm still in love with my super white. Everyone thinks is marble, even the stone guys who came to install it. Just wanted to point out that a non-marble "marble" does exist. If you search GW for super white, you'll see lots of discussions on this.
Here's a shot of my island:

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 1:12AM
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its4tina

dragonfly08--Wow. Your countertops are gorgeous. They look very much like marble. I am going to search for them now. Thanks soooo much for posting the pic of your beautiful kitchen.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 9:40PM
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CKGM

Its4tinz- tell your hubby that super white quartzite is some of the toughest stone around! Debated it for our kitchen but too cool for our cabs:)

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 10:23PM
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its4tina

CKGM--I sure will. Thanks to everyone!

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 11:46PM
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patgje70

I am a fabricator in Michigan and proud importer of vicostone quartz products...I have been fabricating quartz surfaces for a number of years now and have yet to see anything that is as natural looking as this product...i was blown away with the look of they're carrera marble and can honestly say there is nothing else like it.
That carrara marble look is something many of my customers have wanted for many years but were afraid of the wear and tear associated with it...
Now I can give to them.

They have a number of colors that look like natural stone but have the advantages of quartz...not to mention more reasonable in price than the cambrias or Cesar stone products.

I would strongly recommend it to anyone that is looking to do there kitchen or bath counters.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 5:37PM
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its4tina

patgje70---I am so happy you posted this. I am definitely going with Vicostone Carrara for my new house, and I cannot wait. We decided on the Honed 3cm for my kitchen and the Polished 2cm for the bathrooms. I honestly think this product does not get the publicity it deserves because the name is not as well known. I am fortunate enough to live in Dallas close to the warehouse. So like you, I have seen it in person. The website does not do it justice either. The Vicostone Carrara was the happy compromise between me and my husband. I'll be sure to post again once it is installed in September.

Have you installed it yet for a client? If so, how do they like it?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 10:07PM
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patgje70

Its4tina...I'm glad I could help.
Everyone loves the product.
Looking forward to seeing pictures of your job.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 10:04PM
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oldbat2be

While sometimes I feel as though I lost out by not choosing marble, I have been quite pleased with our Cambria Torquay. Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 10:18PM
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beach555

Its4tina,

I'm also looking at the Vicostone and am really looking forward to seeing your pictures!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 5:04PM
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76Ellwood

Great news for the east coast. I had VICOSTONE Quartz brought in for our kitchen. Top South did this for us. We are getting the Carrara for our historic home in Marietta, GA. Top South will now have this quartz--ask for Mike Hahn and mention Lynn. I went to see the slabs once they were unloaded. Great looking product, Thanks to the Garden Web or I would have not known about this option for our kitchen remodel. I will post a photo once it is installed in about two weeks...just in time for Thanksgiving.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 12:59PM
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kelvar

dragonfly08- LOVE your Super White. We've been shopping for two guest bathrooms and just saw a slab of this yesterday. WOW. Amazing in person. Our vanities will be expresso toned and my husband just couldn't wrap his head around the deep brown of the vanity and using Super White. We're headed in another granite direction at the moment, but that Super White is sure hard to forget. One of my top favorites.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 3:02PM
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michelle16

calacutta quartzite-looks like marble and doesnt etch, chip or stain

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its4tina

oldbat2be--I love your Cambria Torquay. They are very similar to the Vicostone Carrara from what I can see from the picture. beach555--I am so sorry I did not see your post earlier. Let me know if you still need pics. I'll try to post some here also. You can email me direct if you want to. its4tina@hotmail.com

By the way, I LOVE my Vicostone countertops!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   December 26, 2012 at 10:54PM
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florence_tx

On Vicostone Quartz.. I just visited the Dallas Office of the
Vicostone Quartz warehouse located on Goodnight Lane.

She told me to talk to the fabricators first and then purchase the product based on the specs and color..

I told the lady that I would prefer the honed white color. She said that honed whites easily absorbed stain.There are only 2 product item that could be honed. .I really want something not shiny. I have to call the 3 fabricators that I asked from her.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 8:32PM
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its4tina

Hi florence_tx. I ended up with the polished instead of honed. I love it!!!!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 8:49PM
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kmb7079

Patgje70--where are you located in MI? I am in love with Vicostone and everyone I mention it to looks at me with a "huh" expression. Looking for counters to replace the builder's install.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 10:49AM
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elizabeth714

i have something similar to super white. it's a quartzite called wicked white.... and i love it.

i can try and get a better picture.....

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 1:59PM
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strayer

I thought Super White and Wicked White Quartzites were actually marble mislabeled or falsely marketed as quartzite. I read on this site that they will etch and stain just like marble because it is marble. What's the truth on that?

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 2:50PM
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elizabeth714

i have heard that about super white. as far as wicked white, there's no evidence that it is (or isn't). i did grill my fabricator, and for what it's worth, he said it wasn't a dolomite. it was a straight up quartzite. not prone to scratching or etching. and so far he's right. i've left buffalo sauce on overnight. wipes right off.

This post was edited by elizabeth714 on Thu, Aug 21, 14 at 15:37

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 3:36PM
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renov8r

I have put in Caesarstone Frosty Carrina, and really like the look of it. Not marble, but what a breeze to look after.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 4:14PM
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leealison

I have researched and looked at a lot of "quartzite" lately for my kitchen remodel. All the importers in my area have been pushing Super White as quartzite. I went to see the fabricator today and was told unequivocally it is not quartzite but a hard marble (calcite based) and will not sell it as such. If you decide to use Super White, they put a disclaimer in the contract which states it is not a true quartzite. I believe them.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 5:03PM
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christina222_gw

There is a lot of marble mislabeled as quartzite but if you get the real deal, actual quartzite it does not etch and is tougher than granite. There are a number of threads here on how to tell if you are getting the real thing. Some Super White Quartzite is falsely labelled and is, in fact, marble. Some of it though is quartzite and is practically bulletproof as countertops. I purchased just such a slab but while it would neither scratch nor etch it had an inclusion that caused a crack in fabrication and I switched to a different quartzite. This one is called Iceberg. It is not marble, it is quartzite. It does not etch or scratch.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 9:29PM
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kmb7079

Elizabeth714 & Christina222,
Both of your countertops are beautiful! Thank you for posting the photos. How does the cost of quartzite compare to quartz? Thanks

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 2:20PM
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christina222_gw

kmb7079 as far as price it seems to vary a lot depending on where you live. Quartzite is not inexpensive but neither is quartz. I suspect they're about the same price, assuming you're looking at the higher end quartz brands and an average quartzite. There are quartzite slabs out there that can run 20K for a single slab, but those are very rare and akin to precious stones. An average for quartzite is probably $80-$150 a square foot.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 9:16PM
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Lily Spider

I am digging up some old posts about marble looking Quartz and quartzite. I am interested to know how you guys that posted on this thread are feeling now - 2 years later- about your choice. Especially how the quartzites are holding up. Any feedback would be appreciated. I am deciding between quartzite or LG Minuet. Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2015 at 2:57PM
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christina222_gw

Mine is coming up on a year since install. Still love it, still looks amazing, would use it again. Just to add also, my kitchen is used pretty heavily. I cook a lot. The counters have had pretty much everything you can think of spilled on them. They're really nice for rolling out pastry or cookie dough and for kneading bread nothing seems to stick to them so clean up is easy. Every now and then I find something that has dried on there and think surely they'll be stained but nope, everything just wipes right up.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2015 at 5:14PM
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Lily Spider

So you got iceberg? I haven't heard of that one. It's nice to know you're hasn't etched or scratched. Do you cook a lot? Messy kids?

    Bookmark   February 15, 2015 at 5:19PM
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christina222_gw

I cook a lot, no kids but a big family that visits often. There's been wine, tomato, lemonade, all kinds of stuff on these counters. Just be sure if you go the quartzite route that you test a sample from the actual slab you intend to buy. There's a lot of marble out there that's labelled as quartzite. The only marks mine show are water spots, but they polish right out. I've had a few 'etch' scares but they all turned out to be either water spots or something that dried on the counter. Surprisingly this stone hides splatters very well! You'd think such a light counter would show everything but it doesn't.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2015 at 5:34PM
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Lily Spider

Yes I have heard about the marble being labeled quartize. Thanks for the update. I have about 2 more weeks to decide. I love the look of the natural stone.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2015 at 5:50PM
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imageshark

I have quartzite as well I didn't like how artificial Quartz looked We almost got cambria torquay

    Bookmark   February 15, 2015 at 10:22PM
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Lily Spider

Imagineshark, what's the name of your stone? How's it holding up as far as etches, staining, etc? Thx

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 4:01AM
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apfotos

The stone is pearla quartzite. It's great so far! I've gotten oil, lemon juice, tomatoes, tomato sauce on it - and it wipes right up, not staining at all. It' s honed, so there is no etching. So far so good! I could never get marble, though beautiful, it wouldn't last because I'm always cooking, and would drive myself crazy worrying about what was getting on it. Not worth it, for me.

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Lily Spider

It sounds like quartzite is the way to go for me. If indeed I can find real quartzite. I am not giving up on my search. Thx again for the update!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 1:09PM
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