Ah, the ever-glamorous, yet illusive Calacatta Bettogli. An Aria Stone Gallery fan favorite, and quite famous within the natural stone industry to say the least. This majestic stone has been around for centuries, yet, have you ever tried to research its history? We have. Oddly enough, there’s not a lot of information out there! But not to worry, the Aria Stone Gallery team sat down with our owner, Vinny Tavares, who passed along some awesome facts about Calacatta Bettogli (since he visited the Bettogli quarry in person!). So sit back, relax and read on as we explore the story behind this stone!
Borghini vs Bettogli
Hailing from one of the oldest quarries in Italy, and scoring a close second in popularity to Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra, Calacatta Bettogli is one of the most sought after Calacatta marbles in the world. What really distinguishes Borghini from Bettogli is that Borghini features vivid gold tones, while Bettogli, for the most part, is primarily white and grey. Both Borghini and Bettogli are incredibly luxurious and high quality materials, so choosing between them mainly comes down to color preference. People who don’t particularly favor golden veins might gravitate towards Bettogli, while someone that prefers warmer hues might choose a Borghini.
The Physical Qualities of Bettogli
Calacatta Bettogli is particularly known for its dramatic vein patterns – huge grey veins painted against a stark white background. It is incredibly difficult to source a slab that is so well balanced in terms of pattern, and it is also just as hard to find slabs of Bettogli that are large in size. The family of Bettogli marbles that are currently in stock at Aria Stone Gallery typically check both of those boxes, making them especially unique and rare. The monochromatic coloring of this material makes it a perfect addition to any modern project, while its iconic Calacatta vein pattern and overall glamour also suit it well for a traditional design feature.
The Bettogli Quarry
As for the Bettogli quarry itself, it’s one of the oldest in the region. The Bettogli quarry is located on the north-western slope of the Apuan Alps mountain range (Carrara, Italy). The excavation sites from which Bettogli is quarried are incredibly steep and high; about 1,500 feet above sea level! Located right at the edge of Tuscany, it sports spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The Bettogli quarry has been officially registered with the Italian officials for over 200 years, but unofficial mining has taken place there for centuries.
Research and imagery courtesy of Vinny Tavares and The New York Times.