At the time the quarry was opened no petrographer or other specialist on the subject had been interested in this valuable material. Its name had never appeared in any scientific publication in specialized journals, perhaps because, being the product of a single quarry it had not attracted the attention of those who would study it and make it known. To some extent it did not help the fact that the “Breccia Paradiso” had been put on the Italian and foreign markets with different names: “ONICIATO TIRRENO”, “PARADISO D”, “ONICIATO D” and others for the convenience of industrialists who worked or traded it. This material, like others, did not derive its name from the place of origin or the name of the quarry, but from those who traded it.These people often sought to make potential buyers believe it was their personal product or to convince them they had an exclusive. Taking advantage of the natural, small differences between one sample and another, they were able to achieve their goal. (Insert here that the stone was used in the Twin Towers in New York).
The “Breccia Paradiso” is constituted by fragments of dolomite and limestone in smaller quantities, semicrystalline cemented calcite spathic, so as to form a compact and resistant material. The prevailing colour is greyed fragments with hazelnut nuances. It may occur that some of the samples will include a darker colour, but the basic characteristics are those aforementioned, with a nice contrast of colours between the dolomite, limestone and calcite. Thin calcite sutures provide a distinct contrast between the grey and brown fragments, and are evident even when they are very thin. It follows then a stylish design, nice and ornamental, that draws attention to this natural stone.
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The data demonstrates that “Breccia Paradiso” marble is a material with good mechanical properties: it is as resistant to compression, bending, shear, impact and sliding friction as the best compact materials. The resistance to humidity of the pigment makes it a suitable material not only for interior decoration (floors, stairs, bathrooms, and kitchen benchtops) but also for flooring and external cladding and since it can be polished to a mirror finish and is also suitable for any landscaping job. The marble slabs can be worked by masons capable of supplying a variety of furniture items: columns, sinks, floors, fireplaces, window sills, tables, kitchen furniture, shelves etc.