Travertine is a limestone derivative with an intriguing backstory. When slightly acidic rain dissolves limestone deposits and gets fed through the earth’s geothermally heated groundwater system, it is altered by the temperature and pressure. The calcium carbonate in the original limestone recrystallises over the vegetation at hot springs where the groundwater surfaces, giving rise to the elongated cavities responsible for travertine’s spongy appearance and porous nature. These elongated cavities allow for the pattern in travertine to be accentuated differently depending on how the stone is cut. Travertine’s distinctive patterned appearance of long streaks creates a zen-like effect usually in beige, white, gold, and more rarely, grey-blue. This stone requires some maintenance and performs best in low traffic areas. heat resistant ring the simple beauty of the sea into your home with the natural look of limestone. Formed from the remnants of aquatic life, limestone is charming with its natural grays, brown tones and subtle impressions of tiny shells and sea-life microskeletons. The properties of limestone make it ideal for areas that are not subject to heavy use, and its organic laid-back vibe make it a natural choice for bathrooms. The porosity of limestone necessitates proper sealing and regular maintenance. While limestone is softer than the more tempered marble, it is also less fragile, and surface damage like scratches are relatively easy to repair. heat resistant  easy to repair