Natural or Manufactured

Natural stone is usually quarried stone which is sawn or split into regular shapes for interior and exterior architectural use. Colours, hardness and surface texture are as varied as nature can create.

Manufactured stone products are formed using aggregate and either extreme pressure or cement as a binder to create a more consistent stone product. In all other aspects, the two products can look and handle alike complete with subtle variations in colour and texture. Sizes and shapes vary by style and manufacturer, often with numerous different shapes on the same skid.

Quarried stone (Gore Mutual Building, Cambridge)
Manufactured stone