From limestone to schist to labradorite, more homeowners are installing unusual varieties of stone countertops in new homes and renovations.

Wall Street Journal staffer Amy Gamerman reports on four such new varieties, ranging from fossil-filled limestone, to natural, to bright and shiny, to layered. Gamerman writes of one example here:

Formed 400 million years ago, Ashfield schist is “folded like ribbon candy” into dark and light layers, said Johanna Andersen-Pratt, co-owner Ashfield Stone, a quarry in Shelburne Falls, Mass. Darker Galaxy stone “has a real grain to it, like wind on water,” said Ms. Andersen-Pratt.
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