Quarrying has been carried out in the extraction of Hamilton Black since the 13th century and continues today. Hamilton Black is not a true marble but a black limestone that is speckled with the remains of prehistoric plants and marine creatures to include fossilized horn coral.
The rock dates from the carboniferous period, some 325 million years ago. When cut and polished, Hamilton Black marble forms an attractive and ornate stone, that was once prized throughout the UK, a good example can be found in Durham Cathedral which has some fine interior columns.
From De Ferranti's Rare Marble Collection
Finishes: Flamed, Honed, Polished
More about Rare Marbles and Onyx:
Imbued in history, our rare marbles and onyxes are just that, rare, often from long lost forgotten quarries
From the hills of Snowdonia to the mountains of Carrara, from the quarries of Arrabida to deposits in Taormina, De Ferranti's Rare Marble and Onyx collection is, much like its Rare Limestone collection, completely hand picked. If it isn't rare it just doesn't belong in this category.
Some materials may have generic names, but the selection is what matters. Marbles stained with the colour of time.
De Ferranti's procurement manager travels the world to discover our latest finds, often blocks, long lost and fogotten are sourced, adding to our truly unique offerring. His keen eye ensures we get first refusal on the best marble and onyx available.
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