I have experienced a marble miracle! On Monday, I wrote about my near year-long quest for the perfect marble slabs for our kitchen. After countless hours of shopping and research, I finally purchased three slabs of Statuary that I realized immediately were a mistake. I received so many kind and encouraging comments and emails from my readers, and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your support!!
Captivated by this gorgeous white kitchen belonging to one of my girlfriends, honed Danby marble was originally my first choice, but I could not find it in Miami, and thus my wild goose chase began.
One of my lovely readers, whom I actually became friends with when I bought her vintage bamboo bar cart via CL, emailed yesterday to inform me that Vermont Danby Quarries has a distributor in the Tampa area. They service all of Florida, and shipping is only $350 to Miami! And it gets even better!!
As I mentioned, I need three marble slabs for our kitchen. Two for the backsplash areas, and one for the center island (we will use soapstone for the peripheral countertops). Our center island measures 116×60, so we need a large slab to seamlessly cover this area, and finding a slab this large has added to the difficulty of my search. I mentioned to my Danby salesman that I wanted a white background with gray veining, no gold or brown. With this information, and after warning me they rarely receive slabs this large, he went to check inventory… and I held my breath. Shortly thereafter, I received word that they had just one lot of three (THREE – the exact number I need!) slabs large enough to accommodate my order. And they are absolutely perfect!! EXACTLY what I had wanted from the beginning!!!
I truly cannot believe my good fortune. “Imperial” Danby is one of eight white marbles carried by Vermont Quarries, and my salesman told me all of the other slabs they currently have in stock contained elements of gold and brown, in addition to not meeting the length requirements for my island. Imperial Danby often has subtle gold veining, but this rare lot was pure white and grey. Furthermore, it comes honed!!! I was struggling trying to find someone in Miami who could hone the polished Statuary I had located, and that, of course, would have been yet another expense. And the icing on the cake is that my Imperial Danby slabs, including shipping to Miami, are actually less expensive than the Statuary slabs I had purchased last week!! I think there was a little marble angle looking after me. 🙂
Danby marble is quarried in Vermont, and it is known for its high density and low absorption rate, (lower than many granites). Because of these properties, once Danby marbles are sealed you do not have to worry about
staining issues, just the occasional etch mark which can be buffed out given the procedures on their website. My Danby salesman said, “I have yet to get a call from someone who stained their surface permanently.”
Vermont Quarries is also LEED certified, and has achieved GREENGUARD Certification for all of its Danby Marble and associated production. Vermont Quarries is the first and only marble quarry to achieve such certification.
The Vermont Marble Company was founded in 1880, and as railroads arrived, the Vermont Marble Company becameone of the largest producers of marble in the world, contributing to the Washington Monument, United States Supreme Court building, Arlington National Cemetery, and more. Today, the Vermont Danby quarry is the largest underground marble quarry in the world.
Martha Stewart used Vermont Quarries Danby Marble in her kitchen, and Alton Brown from Food Network’s All Star Kitchen Makeover, selected it for a lucky kitchen makeover winner.
Danby marble All Star Kitchen Makeover