People often confuse quartz and quartzite thinking they refer to the same stone. However, they are different because quartz is man made and quartzite is composed naturally. The natural and neutral look of quartzite tend to fit in any interior design. As a result, it’s a very popular material for masonry walls, stair steps, countertops, swimming pools, etc. At Maryland Countertop we have a great selection of quartzite slabs that you can choose from if this is your preferred stone.
Quartz is a metamorphic stone that’s composed of quartz. Sandstone or chert that has high quartz content becomes quartzite. This happens whenever sand or chert is subjected to extreme heat and pressure under the earth’s surface. The result is a stone that has the composition of quartz crystals but denser, heavier, and more resistant against heat, cold, and shocks.
Copper mines and quartz mines also contain quartzite. Leading quartz exporters in the world such as India and China may be also the leading exporters of quartzite.