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PIETRA PAESINA (LANDSCAPE MARBLE) - near Florence, Italy

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PIETRA PAESINA
  
The classic Italian ‘landscape marble’
  
Florence, Italy
  
The Italian Pietra paesina or ‘landscape stone’ from near Florence has been highly prized by craftsmen since at least the 16th century.  Also known as ‘ruin marble’ it shows a remarkable resemblance to a landscape of ruins, castles, towers and cliffs. 
  
The fine-grained limestone, which dates from the Cretaceous period, contains a network of extremely fine cracks or fissures which have been ‘healed’ by infilling with microscopic calcite crystals. Much later, groundwater containing iron oxides infiltrated the limestone and the iron diffused through the rock in pulses or waves. The barriers formed by the infilled cracks controlled the movement of this water creating the landscape effect. 
  
It has been polished on one side. The reverse shows a similar scene but is unpolished. Presented in a lidded gift box.
  
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Size:  7.5 x 3.5 x 1 centimetres
Weight:  93 grams

PRICE: £29.00
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PIETRA PAESINA (LANDSCAPE MARBLE)  - near Florence, Italy
PIETRA PAESINA (LANDSCAPE MARBLE)  - near Florence, Italy PIETRA PAESINA (LANDSCAPE MARBLE)  - near Florence, Italy PIETRA PAESINA (LANDSCAPE MARBLE)  - near Florence, Italy PIETRA PAESINA (LANDSCAPE MARBLE)  - near Florence, Italy