Help with fireplace surround (which marble or neither)
My hearth has seen better days and is unsafe for me to continue to have fires in (I believe). It is all loose bricks that you could just pick right up, which I cannot believe is safe if an ember gets down in between them. I also want to make it level, which is definitely is not right now. While I'm at it, I think I want to reface the brick surround, too. I've been a bit on the fence because it's sort of nice, but it's a little sloppy. I don't think it's original because most of the places I've seen on my block do not have a surround that looks like this. The masons that built these houses were, in my experience, not sloppy, and whoever did this was. It's not even symmetrically laid out. In any event, my local marble place thinks that I should not use white marble and that the following two options would be best in my house given its age (~1826).
The first type is Rojo Alicante (from Spain). It's a reddish orange with cream and yellowish veining, which although a good match in some sense to the room, seems a little odd to me. But I do like it. There are two samples of this. If I did it, I would go with the redder one, not the peachier one in the photo graph.
The other is Rosa Levanto, which is a classic heavily veined marble from Italy that is a reddish burgundy color with some charcoal color and a slightly off white veining. I think the Rosa Levanto is more in keeping with the time of the house (although ornate for what population these types of houses originally were built for).
(The King of Prussia marble atop the fireplace will go and be repurposed somewhere (it wasn't original anyhow, although the stone is the one most commonly used in homes of this age around here). It's extinct, so there's no finding that in what I need.)
I know most of you know the room already, but I've given you some updated photographs (including with the new chair I posted about a little while ago) to use for your assessment. What do you think? (Neither is an option, and I'm open to recommendations.)