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.
Kashmir White belongs to the granulite group which, within the metamorphic hard rock group are exceptional. Granulite is bright, almost mica-free garnet gneiss originating from the lower earth crust. It is a hard rock of fine to medium-sized grain with a lightly indicated streaky structure. The basic white-grey, ivory-coloured or lightly green basic shade is only interrupted by dark red garnet crystals of up to 1 cm in size and rarely by black, fine biotite streaks.
Granulite contains garnet crystals which are indicator minerals of a high-grade metamorphosis (rock transformation). During primeval times of the earth, silicate-rich paragneiss and mica slate were re-crystallised in a depth of 20-30 km in the transition zone of the earth crust/ mantle at a pressure of 5 to 10 kilo bar and a temperature of around 1,000 to 1,200 °C over a period of millions of years.
|Structure Type||Slab with Irregular Pattern|
|Synonyms||Bianco Kashmere White|
|Petrographic Assignment||Gneiss - granulite - migmatite|
|Age||1.4 billion years (Precambrian)|
|Colouring Minerals||Clear quartz, white, ivory-coloured feldspar, black biotite, red-brown garnet, light-green amazonite|
|Average Hardness||6 (according to Mohs's hardness scale 1-10) / Natural stone|
|Deposit||India - in the Federal State of Tamil Nadu, south of the town of Madurai|