Gemstone countertops are this year’s luxury item!

Originally posted on May 18, 2017- Gemstones and crystals are a trend that isn’t just in the home remodeling industry and it isn’t going away anytime soon. The new stone age has taken over mainstream media and the wellness industry as well. Gemstones are trending and they’re here to stay. 

Here at Abbey Design Center, we love to turn ordinary into luxury. Granite and marble have been the standard for years when it comes to high-end countertops. One of our favorite new trends in home remodeling is the installation of gemstone countertops.

 

Layout

The cut or polished stones are placed close together and laid out in a similar fashion as fieldstone. The result is absolutely breathtaking! Since gemstone is harder (and more expensive) to obtain in bulk than slabs of granite, occasionally other materials such as aluminum or ceramic would be used for backings underneath the presentation layer of gemstone. Since gemstone countertops may be thinner by nature, the filler material is also built up on the edges. This will make the countertop appear thicker than it really is, which promotes sturdiness and elegance.

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Placement and Durability

Gemstone is typically used for kitchens counters, bar counters, and bathroom vanities. Due to the nature of gemstones and the way the table is laid out, occasionally there will be homeowners that are hesitant and perceive the counter’s durability as a weakness. Don’t be fooled! Gemstone countertops are actually more durable than granite and marble. Having a surface that’s non-porous, heat-resistant, and stain-resistant makes it easier to clean as well as requires less maintenance.

Options

These luxury countertops come in all different shapes and sizes, and will additionally be custom-tailored to fit the theme of your home. Standard agate, banded agate, blue agate, red agate, jade, lapis lazuli, red jasper, tiger eye, rose quartz, and rough amethyst are among the best material options you have to choose from. With the variety of usable gemstones, it will be easy to find one that fits the personality of your home.

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Your luxury kitchen is in grasp when you #RemodelWithAbbey!

Here at Abbey, we understand the kitchen is the heart of the home. We always make sure our clients are 100% satisfied with their kitchen renovations. We have the creative expertise to make any of your renovation projects come to life.  If you want more suggestions on classy countertop selections, contact us or visit one of our two stellar showrooms in Sterling and Leesburg. We’ll help install the luxury kitchen countertop of your dreams. Let’s get started today!

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