You won’t have to cast your gaze across the Atlantic to see the remnants of this particular stone. Most notably fashioned to support railway ties, quartzite functioned as a ballast during the United States’ adventure into the west. Pure quartzite embodies a shade scale between white to grey for color but various abnormal shades can occur based on mineral content. Unlike limestone, this is the final product upon the metamorphosis of sandstone giving a result of a waxing “glassy” appearance. This ambiguous shape of angular cuts and denseness accompanied with a brooding color has established an inclination towards exquisite decorative purposes. This impressive stone is harder than granite on the geologic scale making it an appropriate choice for high use areas. Quartzite emphasizes those small yet essential building blocks that ushered in a new nation and now new homes.