Pure Pristine White Look

Baie Johan-Beetz quartz at SIDIM, May 2014
Baie Johan-Beetz quartz at SIDIM, May 2014

The architectural qualities of pure natural quartz are among the most popular among architects and designers. The strength and durability of quartz (7 on Mohs scale) make it a valuable product for both its class for its durability. But the Baie Johan-Beetz is at the top of the range because of its aesthetic and mechanical properties.

The aesthetics associated with whiteness is no longer in doubt, as evidenced by great monuments such as the Taj Mahal. But maintain this brilliance is sometimes difficult. Who has not seen a white marble turn yellow? The enemies of maintaining albedo are the porosity and impurities.

Porosities allow for infiltration of foreign matter in the pores of the material. These porosities absorbs molecules present in the air or liquids with which they get in touch. These become encrusted, and even with regular maintenance with water under pressure, soap and a brush, it cannot be completely removed. These substances build up over time and absorb light would otherwise be reflected by the white material, which gives it a yellowish or grayish tint.

Impurities in the material at the time of extraction can give it a nice color. But for a white material, they are a problem, since the contact with air, they become oxidized. A good example of such impurity is iron, which may corrode when in contact with oxygen and moisture.

Baie Johan-Beetz quartz is particularly devoid of porosity and microcracks according to the experts in the field. On top of that, it is very pure at the moment of its extraction so there is little impurities. This reduce greatly the risk of a change in color.