Demystifying Quartz and Quartzite Confusion

Easy way to remember. Quartz is manufactured. Quartzite (the longer word) has been around for billions of years.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the name similarity of two very different countertop stone types.


Quartz countertops are made from engineered stone that is moulded into custom shapes. It consists of mostly crushed quartz bound together with pigments and resin. The manufacturing process can control colour consistency. Quartz can mimic the look of mesmerizing marble swirls or earthy natural stone. Custom designs in a wide array of colours are available.


Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that is formed from quartz-rich sandstone and altered by heat and pressure in the earth’s crust. Mined in quarries and cut into slabs, Quartzite’s appearance is frequently mistaken for marble or granite since it is often found with veining similar to marble or patterns/colours similar to granite. Every single slab of Quartzite is unique. No two are alike.

Quartz vs Quartzite - characteristics

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