Please Note: This list is made up mainly of historical stone names, although you will find some present-day stones listed as well. There are many stone portals on the Internet that can provide you with lists and images of present-day stones located all over the world. In the “Stone Portals on the Internet” of our web site, I have listed a few of these stone portals. (If you find any broken links, search for them using Google. I can no longer make changes to the original web site. Peggy B. Perazzo)
Many times in the descriptions of the stone used in construction of buildings, bridges, monuments, etc., the name of the stone is used without indicating the place of origin. I am compiling this list so that when a name of a stone is mentioned without the origin, I will have a tool to help me locate the origin. (For example, Berea Sandstone is from Amherst, Ohio; Aquia Creek Sandstone is from Aquia Creek, Virginia, and Botticino marble is from Italy.) Also, you can access the URLs for the companies below to see color samples of their stone. Unless indicated otherwise, the locations are in the United States. If you have further names to add, feel free to contact me. Peggy B. Perazzo
List of Sources
1. From the National Building Granite Quarries Association, Color Classifications of Granite Quarried by Association Members, 2001.
2. Information above used with the permission of BRE (Building Research Establishment), 2001. The British Stone List (available on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)
3. From Montana Travertine site, which is no longer available <http://www.montanatravertine.com/>
5. Used with the permission of findSTONE.com, Marketplace for Building Stones. If you visit the Stone Album, you can view photographs of the stone listed. (The link to the very extensive Stone Album is now only available on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.)
6. From “Building and Decorative Stones Collection,” The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, UK
7. “Greece,” by Jeffrey Matthews, Trade International, Inc.
8. McMarmilloyd Ltd. The listing from this site is used with the permission of Ian Macdonald.
9. Building Stones of Maryland, by Karen R. Kuff and James R. Brooks, 1985, Maryland Geological Survey.
10. Report of the State Geologist on the Mineral Industries and Geology of Vermont, 1931-1932, George H. Perkins, State Geologist, Burlington, Vt., Free Press Printing Co., 1933.
11. A Technical Guide to The Rational Use of Marble, Italian Marble Industrie, 1964.
12. The Architect’s Handbook of Marble, Granite and Stone, Vol. III Color Sample Book, 1990.
13. Stone Magazine (various issues)
14. “List of the World’s Marbles,” by J. J. McClymont, in Through The Ages, magazine, the National Association of Marble Dealers/Marble Institute of America.
Note: “Through the Ages” magazine – Used with the permission of the NSI (Natural Stone Institute), originally known as the National Association of Marble Dealers in 1904, then the MIA (the Marble Institute of America/MIA) in 1944, who then merged with the BSI (Building Stone Institute) 2018. https://www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/
15. Mindat Mineral and Gem Directory – Mineral and Rock Specimens