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Helpful Information About Calypso Gold Quartzite

There are a number of reasons to be interested in Calypso Gold Quartzite. For one, if you are a fabrication professional that is looking to work with the material it is good to know a bit about it. Also, if you are a homeowner and you like the look of quartzite you may have been drawn to Calypso Gold Quartzite and need to know how to maintain it. In this article we will take a look at some of the properties of quartzite and mention some specifics about Calypso Gold Quartzite. Along the way, we will see what fabricators need to be aware of when they are working with Calypso Gold Quartzite.

Diverse Quartzite Topics

Some quartzite names are used in the industry as the names of slab colors and others are not. If you search for a specific quartzite name online, you will get either a mixture of search results, primarily sales oriented results, or primarily scientific results. Calypso Gold Quartzite yields its own set of search results. In fact the following quote was taken from MKW Surfaces regarding Calypso Gold:

Calypso Gold quartzite is a yellow base coloured stone that comprises exotic veining with great movement in tones ranging between beige, copper, red, yellow, gold and grey. Originally quarried in the regions of Vittoria, Brazil this stone is suitable for specifications in which architects and interior designers that require materials that will provide a unique and niche look.

The basics when it comes to quartzite are of interest to diverse groups of people; slab distributors, suppliers, scientists, and even consumers. The diversity of topics on the Internet regarding quartzite show this well.

What Calypso Gold Quartzite Is Made Of

Like other quartzites, Calypso Gold is made up of specific minerals and is formed through a specific process. Authentic quartzite has certain characteristics that distinguish it from other kinds of natural stone. Calypso Gold Quartzite will have the same properties as other quartzites. However, as is indicated by the names of specific quartzites, the color or texture might be different. Color variations are usually caused by varying mineral content and the texture may be due to a specific event during the formation. Additionally, locations are sometimes included in the names and this can hint at where that particular stone originates.

To get a definition of what quartzite is only takes a little bit of time and energy to research. The Internet and reference materials abound with explanations. From simple, brief definitions to long extrapolated dissertations, you can find all sorts of writings that define what natural quartzite is. The Utah Geological Survey website offers a nice, simple description of what quartzite is. Its definition is one of the simplest we've found and is as follows:

Quartzite is typically a metamorphosed form of sandstone.

No matter what definition you use though, the idea is simple. Calypso Gold Quartzite is born from sandstone. After its transformation, the material has properties that distinguish it from sandstone and it is also very different from other natural stone as well. Let's look at some of the properties of Calypso Gold Quartzite.

Calypso Gold Properties

The properties of quartzite vary and each particular stone will have unique features that differentiate it from the rest. In fact, Calypso Gold Quartzite has its own distinctive characteristics too. However, one quality that quartzite shares is that it is a versatile material that can be used for various projects.

In addition to those distinguishing characteristics, Calypso Gold shares other very specific properties with other "flavors" of quartzite. For example, quartzite is very hard. How hard is it? Well, it is harder than some natural granite Quartzite registers about 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Compare that to granite registering from 6 to 7. The reason Calypso Gold Quartzite can be harder than granite is because of its quartz content.

The hardness of the material means that it is not easily scratched by normal household use. Some kitchen countertop materials can scratch easily but Calypso Gold is not one of them. The hardness makes it a durable material; desirable by many.

In addition to being very hard, authentic quartzite, Calypso Gold included, is also not as porous as other natural stone. It does have pores, just not as many as other types of natural stone in some cases. Fewer pores means easier stain removal. Furthermore, owners often enhance the stain resistance with maintenance routines that we will talk about in a bit.

Color Compatibility of Calypso Gold

The unique and rich colors of Calypso Gold mean that it can be used with virtually any design style that is popular. Having stone that fits with various design styles can be a key to a successful project. What is meant by a "design style"? Note the following examples:

Modern Design

Clean, crisp, lines and a simple color palette are the marks of this design style. It exudes a sense of simplicity in each of its elements. Even the furniture carries a sense of simplicity. Some of the materials that are used in this design style include metal, glass, and steel. Additionally, it is one of the design styles that is lacking clutter and has a clean appearance.

Shabby Chic

An artistic and elegant vibe generating design style that gets attention by feeling both relaxed and pulled together at the same time. The pieces in a shabby chic design are bold and colorful. They are made to stand out against a neutral and subdued background of less prominent elements. Distressed or vintage looking items is the focus of the shabby chic design style.

Contemporary Design

Defined by simplicity and subtle sophistication combined with texture usage and clean lines. The contemporary style design focuses on color and shape as well as space. These aspects of the style are utilized to produce a sleek and fresh appearance. Elements of the contemporary design style include borrowed elements from other design styles. This makes it sometimes difficult to pinpoint.

Eclectic Design

Eclectic design is composed of elements that come together from disparate styles to form a contrasting feel in the space. Even though the style feels contrasting it still achieves harmony through a cohesive, well thought out combination of elements. This design style requires a great eye for creating harmony and the skill to produce it.

Bohemian Design

Described as a free-spirited look and feel, bohemian style design emerged from France and carries with it some very distinctive characteristics and design elements that differentiate it from others. The free spiritedness mentioned above is achieved by making use of many things from many different philosophies, ways of life and parts of the world. All these elements converge to produce a diverse style that accurately represents the ones who inspired it.

Fabricating Calypso Gold Surfaces

When it comes to working with Calypso Gold Quartzite, having the correct tools for the work makes it much smoother and the results come out better. Fabricating natural quartzite will be much easier if the tools and supplies used are quartzite compatible. Let's look at a couple of products that will play a role in the successful fabrication of Calypso Gold.

Working With Calypso Gold Quartzite

Cutting and shaping Calypso Gold means having diamond blades and other tools that are designed to cut hard materials. Some blade producers will mark a blade specifically for certain materials. Others will give the blade a name and market it for use on multiple materials. When it comes to cutting Calypso Gold, the best blade to use for these hard surfaces is a diamond blade for quartzite. The blade that many fabricators rely on for cutting quartzite is the White Lion from Weha. Another good quartzite blade is the Grey Leopard from Weha.

The same goes for other diamond tools like core bits, and stone polishing pads. Selecting a polishing pad or core bit designed for use on a hard material will generally perform well for Calypso Gold and there are many from which to choose.

Sealing Calypso Gold Quartzite

As we mentioned earlier, sealer helps with the stain resistance of Calypso Gold Quartzite. So fabrication and installation services that include an initial sealing of a Calypso Gold stone boosts the resilience of the finished product. Better yet, when a homeowner knows how to care for the finished surface, the results are even better.

How to Care for Calypso Gold

Caring for Calypso Gold consists of some basics involving cleaning and protecting the stone. First, cleaning Calypso Gold surfaces regularly using a cleaning product that is designed for use on natural stone surfaces is a great starting point. Then, maintaining the seal on the material enhances the resistance to potentially harmful substances. Finally, the regularity with which these practices are performed will have a direct bearing on the outcome. Let's look at each of those phases now.

How to Clean Calypso Gold

Cleaning Calypso Gold is not complicated. Regularly perform cleaning on Calypso Gold using a compatible cleaner to preserve the appearance of your quartzite surface. There are many cleaners that will do the trick. The key is to choose one that is pH neutral. These types make the best cleaners for natural stone because they won't break down the sealer. That helps with the stain resistance.

If you need to clean a Calypso Gold slab or countertop by removing a stain, you will want to use the proper stain remover for the type of stain the stone has. Water based stains, oil based stains, and rust each will respond differently depending on which stain remover you use.

Maintaining the Seal

Just because a Calypso Gold gets an initial seal does not mean that it will be impervious to stains and discolorations. Actually, the stone benefits regular, periodical resealing. Using an impregnating stone sealer for natural stone is a good way to keep your Calypso Gold looking its best. You can even get sealers that enhance the stone and bring out the colors.

About Maintaining Calypso Gold

So cleaning and resealing become the the key elements to keeping you natural stone surfaces looking the best. That goes for Calypso Gold Natural Quartzite too. Maintaining your quartzite comes down to a good stone care routine. here is one routine that some have found very beneficial.

  • Use a pH neutral cleaner to keep the sealer from breaking down and clean any debris from the surface.
  • Reseal the surface of your quartzite surface when it gets "thirsty"*.
  • Using a fortified stone polish periodically gradually maintains the sealer on the surface of the natural stone.

There you have it. The basic information about Calypso Gold Quartzite and its properties means it is a durable and scratch resistant natural stone. The use, care, and maintenance is somewhat simple and when followed can keep the material looking its best. Fabricating quartzite is similarly fairly easy when the proper tooling is used. And as we considered, Calypso Gold Quartzite can be used in a variety of design styles and we even summarized a few of the more popular design styles. In the end, whether you choose to go with Calypso Gold or a totally different material is up to you. But if you do, knowing about the basics can make owning or working with it beneficial.

* A thirsty quartzite stone is one that quickly absorbs water resting on its surface. Simply put a tablespoon of water on the surface of the stone. The faster the water is absorbed, the "thirstier" the stone is.
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