Marble Urns: Natural Beauty in a Unique Urn
Urns are one of the most beautiful
lines of cremation urns available. No other material will match
its allure and sheer elegance. As a result of the veining and natural
characteristics of marble, it makes an excellent choice for a cremation
urn. Marble urns represent a truly remarkable collaboration
between nature and man in the offering of breathtakingly carved
works of art. A marble urn is as unique as the person it is for.
No two marble urns will ever look exactly alike.
For this very reason marble urn sales have been
on a rise as more people want that "one of a kind" urn
to memorialize their loved one.
Natural Stone Marble
Marble is stone that started off as limestone
and through the process of metamorphosis turned into what we know
as marble. It is generally polished and used in fine building
work, furniture, or decorative art. Marble is quarried in large
chunks, cut from the surrounding rock and brought to mills where
the stone can be further processed. The deep shine we see on polished
marble is achieved by rubbing the stone with a series of abrasive
materials. The process is very similar to sanding a piece of wood.
The marble is rubbed with a coarse abrasive grit, followed by
finer grits until the stone becomes smooth to the point of reflecion.
Turned Marble Urns
The process of making a turned marble urn entails
the use of a stone lathe in which a block of natural stone is
placed on a spindle. The spindle turns the piece of stone as diamond
tipped tools are utilized to remove the undesired parts revealing
the beautiful urn inside the block. Once the shape is attained
the natural stone block is taken through a series of abrasives
while on the spindle to smooth the inner and outer walls of the
urn. The urn is then finished with a high polish that is glass
like in appearance. The end result is a beautiful marble urn with
curves resembling a vase.
Fabricated Marble Urns
This process requires the use of marble tiles
around 3/8" to 1/2" in thickness and rectangular in shape.
The pieces are cut to size by means of a water fed stone saw then
adhered together with an epoxy suitable for natural stone. These
beautiful marble urns usually are angular in shape and some may
have an appliqué of bronze or brass on the front side.
Care of Marble Urns
Marble, since it is primarily limestone, is extremely
susceptible to acids, including citric acid and vinegar. They have
the effect of etching the surface of the marble urn. You will also
want to keep your marble urn away from any oils as they will absorb
beneath the urn surface and may permanently discolor it. Should
any of these harmful liquids come in contact with a marble urn,
quickly wipe it clean then wash with a mild solution of detergent
and water giving it a final rinse of plain water.
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