The Antunes family has been traveling the world in search of the best stone for over 40 years.
It’s been the mission, since 1981, to find the most unique stone, import the highest quality and sell a product we’d approve in our home. We import from over 150 countries making us the largest importer in the US. Check out some of our latest travels and see the stones we’ve discovered.
After the quarrying – the blocks are brought from extremely remote areas to production factories where the large block of natural stone (like a loaf of bread) is cut or sliced with both diamond wire saws and gang saws. Once the block is cut into slabs, based on the desired thickness, the slabs begin a lengthy process of resin treatment that include microwave and oven heating to ensure the stone is strengthened to its fullest capacity. This where micro fissures or pitting is filled before the polishing process. After slabs are resin – this is the beginning of the calibration and polishing stage. This includes polishing lines of 12-24 polishing heads isolating motion on conveyer belts at different abrasive grits to bring out the polishing of the stone. This allows precise thickness of the slabs to the millimeter. Every material requires a special sequence of polishing to ensure the highest gloss level is reached. This sequence is only obtained by many years of experience with natural stone processing.
After polishing – the slabs are carefully inspected for any defects that would require reprocessing, the slabs are then packaged in wood bundles and loaded into containers and shipped via cargo vessels to our port
Our line includes the Bretton Machine and the Pedrini Machine. In mere minutes we can change the finish of any slab to polished, satin, honed or leathered. Our competitors need large timelines to ensure that quarry producers can change the finish before it arrives to the US. We don’t leave the handling of your material to anyone but our highly trained and trusted staff.
We also care about our community. We have installed a state-of-the-art water closed unit water filtration system. All of the water used in our polishing lines passes through a 50,000-gallon silo that then press filters all of the particulates and sediment from the water. The marble waste that is released is then recycled as a natural bi product. We can pump 200 gallons of clean water per minute.