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Manmade Quartz Alternative to Soapstone or Honed AB

Posted by erinf8 (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 7, 13 at 23:51

I would love Soapstone or Honed Absolute Black countertops, but after researching them I feel they may be a bit to delicate for my family's day to day use. Has anyone found a decent looking quartz alternative to either of these stones? I long for the matte softish black finish. It seems much of the dark quartz I see is very shiny. I'd be interested to hear from my fellow Garden Web followers, thanks!

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RE: Manmade Quartz Alternative to Soapstone or Honed AB

honed jet mist

RE: Manmade Quartz Alternative to Soapstone or Honed AB

Jet mist is also granite, not manmade.
If you don't mind the speckled look search for Silestone or Zodiac Quartz products in black. IMO they look too manufactured and not at all like natural stone.
There has been much discussion on kitchen forum about this subject- you can also try searching on GW

RE: Manmade Quartz Alternative to Soapstone or Honed AB

There are black granites that are bulletproof. I had honed black pearl granite in my previous kitchen and you couldn't harm it no matter what you did to it. And it had this beautiful velvety look.

RE: Manmade Quartz Alternative to Soapstone or Honed AB

Quartz with matte/honed finishes does not seem to be a good idea - the manufacturers make you sign a disclaimer before they will sell it to you. As others have said, go with granite.

RE: Manmade Quartz Alternative to Soapstone or Honed AB

I have also done the search for an alternative to soapstone. None of the man-made countertops have remotely the same look. Not bad, just very different. And, as was previously mentioned, there are maintenance issues with the honed finishes on quartz countertops. I think Raven may actually been withdrawn.

Jet Mist varies widely in appearance. Some slabs look like authentic soapstone, while others have a powdered sugar appearance. Again, not bad, just different. There is also an interesting stone available through a supplier in the Midwest called Aqua Grantique. Maybe you should Google that.

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