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The Advantages of BLACKPEARL SOAPSTONE

Updated:2012-10-30 16:35:37
Geologically speaking, BLACKPEARL is a "steatite" - but a steatite with unique and exclusive characteristics possessed by no other natural stone or artificial material. It is a natural product from Nature's own laboratory, ages in the making.

BLACKPEARL affords the following very important advantages:
1) It is dense, close-grained, with practically no stratification or natural cleavage lines and has a high transverse strength and high resistance to crushing. It resists the tendency to split, flake, chip or spall, even under extreme temperatures. For these reasons, it lends itself perfectly to the processes of sculptural carving. No other natural stone can be worked in like manner and retain the sharp corners, smooth surfaces and fine detail distinctive of a sculpture executed in this unique stone.
2) It is so dense as to be practically non-absorbent - tests have shown an absorption, by weight, of only a fraction of 1% of moisture; and this is only a mere surface penetration which quickly dries off. Because of its non-absorbent qualities, combined with chemical inertness, making it acid-and-alkali resistant, it is practically non-staining and excellent for outdoor sculpture. Slight stains that may occur are only on the surface and are easily removed by sanding.
3) Its color is a pleasing gray, reflecting light freely, yet not showing dirty marks. When sealed with wax or oil the color turns to a deep rich hue of black, affording a remarkable range of light and shade for the sculptural pallet.
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