RESOURCES FOR
ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS

STONE DEFINITIONS

Knowing the right verbiage is important in any field and stone is no different! Make sure you’re speaking the same language as your stone supplier—our natural and reclaimed stone definitions are the perfect bookmarkable references.

TOPICS TO EXPLORE

Planning a pool deck? Want to learn more about bluestone? Considering reclaimed stone or cobblestone for your walkway or driveway? Dive deeper to explore what our stone experts think.

COLOR PROFILE

Color theme, color pattern, feeling, inclusions, and surface finish create a color profile.

Color Theme

Color theme icon blues

Dominant Color
Blue

Color theme icon oranges

Secondary Color
Rust/Orange

Color Pattern

Random surface color pattern

Blotched

Surface Finish

Natural cleft surface finish

Natural Cleft

SURFACE PROFILE

Surface finish and surface roughness combine to create a surface profile. Color theme, color pattern, feeling, inclusions, and surface finish create a color profile.

Surface Finish

split faced rough plane surface finish

Split Face - Rough Plane

Surface Roughness

Rough surface roughness profile

Surface Variation 1/4 - 2 inches

DESIGN PATTERNS

Stone pieces sized and placed relative to each other creates a design pattern.

3D design pattern with tiling straight on view
3D Design pattern with tiling straight on view screenshot
3D design pattern with tiling angled view screenshot

CAD RESOURCES

Create realistic stone renderings with our 3D reconstructing of actual stone products.

Realistic Natural
Stone Renderings

Realistic stone rendering screenshot

Material Textures
CAD vs. Actual

CAD material simulation vs actual stone

3D/VR Photogrammetric
Reconstructions

3D VR Photogrammetric stone reconstruction

NATURAL STONE INSTITUTE

Stone Curators is a proud member of the Natural Stone Institute. We are pleased to be able to offer selected publications from NSI’s extensive library.

Natural Stone Institute Member Logo

Natural Stone
101

Square Cap or Capital Illustration

Standards by
Stone Type

Square Arris Illustration

Standards by
Installation Type

Square Kerf Illustration

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