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Cantera, Onyx, Standstone, Granite, Marble and other natural stone products not only add beautiful textures and architectural details to spaces, but bring with them their metaphysical earthen qualities to enhance your surroundings far beyond the superficial.

In Feng Shui, Earth is associated with the qualities of patience, thoughtfulness, practicality, hard work and stability. The earth element is also nurturing and seeks to draw all things together with itself, in order to bring harmony, rootedness and stability. Other attributes of the earth element include ambition, stubbornness, responsibility and long-term planning.

The earth elements downward radiating energy brings calm, comfort and feelings of peace and safety. You can use any kind of stone to bring the earth element into your space, but each carries unique characteristics…




Besides being beautiful and luxurious, Marble is a cleansing stone that is beneficial for the blood, skin, and immune system. This mineral is used to provide both clarity and states of “suspension in both meditation and tantric activities.” It provides strength of self-control as well as mastery of thought. It also enhances the powers of serenity. Marble can provide the “good common sense” in matters of the home, heart and one’s constitution. Marble allows for total recall of dreams, as well as provides protection, stability and structure both in the physical and emotional mind.
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Onyx Slabs are breathtakingly gorgeous. The unique translucent properties of onyx slabs make them the ultimate statement of nature’s raw beauty. Meanwhile, the possibility of back-lighting the stone opens up onyx’s areas of application to virtually anywhere you can imagine it.


Onyx balances and grounds us while it absorbs emotional intensity. It is excellent for centering/aligning yourself with higher powers and has been said to banish grief, enhance self-control and wise decision-making, and encourage happiness and good fortune. Onyx can be used to provide a “peek” into the future, and helps one to follow the path alone while promoting personal strength. It helps brings balance and strength of mind. This is a good stone for those who are flighty by nature. It is a strengthening stone that helps you approach a lesson or task with greater self-confidence.


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Cantera Stone is a uniquely quarried, volcanic rock that is mined exclusively in various regions of Mexico and Central America. Its name derives from the Spanish word for quarry. Its properties are unique, in that it offers color, texture, durability, and a softness that allows for detailed carving and cutting. It is used in hotels, shopping malls, office buildings, and custom homes throughout the world. Cantera comes in a myriad of natural colors and tones, and its texture is truly beautiful. It sports unique inclusions and color flecks, making its authenticity easy to see, and gives a natural, eternal feel. Cantera is durable, and has stood for centuries in many cathedrals, haciendas and other buildings throughout Latin America.

The stone’s color may vary depending on the impurities present in the stone of a particular region. The cantera notably used in many of the buildings, walls, and roads of Oaxaca, Mexico is a distinct green color.

This rock is formed by volcanic ash and dust. The ash is washed into a silt bed and combined with the lava, dirt and stone on the ground already. This combination makes Cantera a porous and lightweight stone.

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Granite is gaining popularity because of its hardness, ability to take a good polish and it’s wide variety of colors, but did you know that it also carries the elemental powers of water and earth as well?

Granite comes in a beautiful array of colors, patterns and qualities and is often full of shiny, light reflecting drusies. This incredible stone grounds unstable or unsure emotions and is wonderful for tool to increase protection and abundance. Granite allows for diplomacy, discretion and cooperation. Granite is a wonderful relationship balancer. Ocean tumbled granite in particular helps us to see and understand the big picture. So it shows us to look past the little puddles in our lives and focus on an ocean of opportunity and advancement!


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Weather you choose natural stone for your kitchen, bathroom, flooring or architectural details, you will be happy to know that it is working harder then it looks to bring you and your space a peaceful, welcoming and stable environment!



Sandstone is a sedimentary rock group which is mostly made up of tiny grains of quartz. Most sandstone is formed in oceans, lakes and rivers where tiny bits of rock and dirt settle to the bottom. Year after year, these layers of sand get buried under tons of more sand and dirt until it is turned into solid rock. Sandstone can be found in many colors.
Sandstone is very Hard and makes a great floor! Sandstone is found all over the world but mainly comes from India, Algeria and Scotland.

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Aren’t they beautiful…and magical!?

Which natural stone are you vibing with, and where in your home would you use them?

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