In the ancient realm of architecture, Greek and Romans alike adopted marble stone as the perfect medium to convey an idealized world. Today marble continues that tradition of universal opulence and divine elegance. It is a non-foliated metamorphic rock. Most easily recognized by its veining colorful patterns, marble is comprised of two common re-crystallized carbonate minerals in calcite and dolomite. Its origins can be traced from the Mediterranean vicinity to the Americas and is the result of limestone undergoing metamorphosis. The impurities in the limestone are the leading factor behind the variation of color in the often white surface. Whether once residing in the villas and palaces of ancient Rome or the comfort of American architecture and enterprise, marble remains synonymous with natural beauty and a beacon of refinement.