Quartzite (Natural Stone)
Quartzite is a nonfoliated metamorphic rock composed almost entirely of quartz. It forms when a quartz-rich sandstone is altered by the heat, pressure, and chemical activity of metamorphism. These conditions recrystallize the sand grains and the silica cement that binds them together.
Quartzite benchtops are a hugely popular choice in New Zealand and Australian homes. They look like marble, but act like a Granite or as close to a Quartz as natural stone can come! Quartzites are durable and heat resistant amongst other great mentions.
The biggest difference between quartzite and quartz is that quartz is a man-made material, while quartzite is a natural stone. … A quartz countertop is engineered with the same quartz crystals found in quartzite, but a man-made process binds the crystal with resins, pigments, and other materials such as bits of glass. Quartzite on the other hand is a naturally formed stone.