Purchasers of quartz worktops are often surprised at the rich heritage that lies behind such clean, modern-looking, high quality stoneware.
Quartz, however, is of course a natural crystalline substance which has been around for millennia; and which, throughout human history, has been employed in the manufacture of countless furnishings and decorative artefacts.
Furthermore, not only has quartz long been valued for its intrinsic beauty and breath-taking elegance; it has also been rightly prized for its resilience and durability, being proven as second only to diamonds and other precious stones in terms of sheer hardness.
The process whereby quartz is transformed into a material suitable for kitchen and bathroom worktops is also now extremely well established.
The first brand of quartz worktop developed, for example, was Caesarstone, way back in 1987; and the brand is still going strong today.
By amalgamating and compacting crystals of pure quartz within a tight resin seal, Caesarstone worktops have been shown to not only capture the full beauty of quartz, but to also provide thoroughly practical and long-lasting surfaces for the home.
Compared with synthetic worktops, for example, Caesarstone and other quality quartz worktops are far less likely to become marked or scratched during their lifetime; since the quartz itself, together with the surrounding resin seal, makes for an impermeable combination.
This impermeable quality of quartz has also shown itself to be valuable in keeping bacteria at bay; whilst also being easy to clean.
In summary, although granite worktops may have a more ‘traditional’ feel, modern quartz worktops can also lay claim to share a rich history.