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Emperador Dark

The close-up view of each stone type shows a relatively true image of the crystalline structure and the colouring. This is suitable for grained slabs to a limited extend only. In regard to the colour matching, please take an original sample of the stone from your furniture store as a basis.

Petrography

This lime breccia consists exclusively of squared limestone components. The different concentration of brown iron hydride causes the materialization of diverse shades of brown. Also the natural binder consists of calcite. The rock is very homogenous despite its lively appearance. 

Petrogenesis

Limestone like this one is generated by sedimentation of lime sludge at the bottom of the sea. Also lime shell organisms participated in most cases in the composition. Solid rock was generated by the pressure from covering layers and participation of lime-containing binder. However, in this case there were later tectonic tensions in the earth crust. The rock broke into many squared fragments along the faults. But these fractures healed after some time by embedded calcite. This is called tectonic breccia.

Hardness Soft Stone
Structure Type Slab with Irregular Pattern
Synonyms Ramona, Emperador Scuro
Group Sediment rocks
Petrographic Assignment Limestone-lime breccia
Age Approximately 5-23 million years Tertiary (Miocene)
Colouring Minerals Dark-brown: By iron hydroxide: (FeOOH) brown coloured calcite White: Pure crystalline calcite
Average Hardness Approximately 3 (according to Mohs's hardness scale 1-10)
Deposit Bunol / Valencia / Spain