Soapstone. I'm pretty sure I'm going to use soapstone. If on sale it can be quite affordable, very durable, and pretty. The problem is, I want marble - yes, stainable, etchable marble. So while watching The Fifth Element (for the fifth time) I start browsing the less ordinary marbles and playing the game of "what would I choose if I could afford it?" I didn't even consider Carerras or cremas. Not interested.
I started searching for marbles by country of origin, and (now steady yourselves) I found the greatest variety of marbles from the smallest country, Greece, AND THEY ARE GORGEOUS!!! I can't stop looking at them.
These images are all from the same sit - sorry about that. I found this beautiful stone with a mix of colors called Volkas Semi-white - totally killer. I'd use it in a heartbeat.
I had never heard of Agia Eleni marble (aka St. Helena or Elena), and never thought I'd ever want a (gulp) pink stone, but it's so beautiful, I would probably change every material I've been planning to use in my kitchen to be able to use this stuff.
Then there are the "spider" marbles - so pretty!
And if white and grey are your thing (they are mine), they have stripey stones and crystalline stones (unbearably beautiful).
Just because they exist doesn't mean I can get a hold of them. They're exotic, most stone yards probably don't carry them, and I probably can't afford them anyway. If any of you have unusual marbles, I'd love to see them, if only to enjoy the thrill vicariously. Anyone have marble they'd like to show off?