This collection contains products with actual natural stones. It does not include products made to imitate natural stone (like porcelain). For that, seeStone.
Natural stones include marble, travertine, slate, limestone, etc., and have been used in construction and decor since the beginning of humanity. They are prized for their organic veins, marks, texture, sheen, etc. Because they are mined directly from the earth, the products you receive will not be exactly the same from piece to piece. Each material will have different degrees of this variation. Some will be so minute that you cannot see it and others can be so drastic that they may not even look like the same material.
These materials are porous to varying degrees, and while some are highly resistant to staining and scratching they are all subject to both. Sealing and cleaning with the proper materials are necessary to maintaining the integrity of natural stone.