In general, the terms rift cut (also referred to as cross cut) and vein cut refers to the way the natural stone was cut. There is a noticeable difference in the vein pattern of the stone depending on if the stone is rift or vein cut. Read more to learn the main differences between two most common ways to cut blocks of natural stone.

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What does “vein cut” slab look like?

Vein cut is the most traditional and recognizable cut for marble slabs. The majority of marble has a vein cut pattern. Vein cut is distinctive in that you will be able to trace to vein across the entirety of the slab. Stones that are vein cut typically have the ability to be bookmatched or quad-matched to take on a unique shape and style.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Dalmata marble in a vein cut.
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Aria Stone Gallery’s Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra with a vein cut. See a similar Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra here.

What does a “rift cut” or “cross cut” slab look like?

Stone that is cut to a 90 degree angle to the bed rock or “from the top” is called rift cut or cross cut. A rift cut stone slab will have more spotting or noticeable crystals visible in the stone.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s Lemurian granite in a rift cut. Photo courtesy of Tiffany McKenzie.
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Aria Stone Gallery’s Quasar Quartzite with a rift cut.

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