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Home > Articles & Guides > Marble Urns: Natural Beauty in a Unique Urn

Marble Urns: Natural Beauty in a Unique Urn

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Marble 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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