The Red Louis Quartzite was hand selected by Aria Stone Gallery’s owner and founder, Vinny Tavares, on a trip to Brazil. At the time, the quarry had only been open for about two years and was quickly gaining a prominent reputation in the stone industry for mining some of the most rare and magnificently colorful quartzite stones in the world. One of the stones was the Red Louis quartzite, which has a history as rich as the red and sand colored hues that the stone embodies. As soon as Tavares saw the beautiful composition of the Red Louis, he knew that he needed to bring this quartzite to Aria Stone Gallery and share this natural work of art.
Quartzite is typically white to grey, though the stone can be found with various shades of pink and red, which is caused by varying amounts of iron oxide in the soil. Different minerals in the soil give life to different colors of quartzite such as yellow, green, blue, and orange. However, for quartzite to have such rich, red hues, a large amount of iron oxide needs to be present in the environment of the soil, which is rarely found in most of the world.
Due to the rarity of red quartzite such as Red Louis, this type of material has been favored by royalty and world leaders for centuries. For example, in 1842, King Louis-Phillipe of France commissioned a tomb to be created for the ashes of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte I. Blocks of red quartzite were sourced for the tomb to be carved and placed upon a green Vosges granite base. Napoleon’s remains were interred within the tomb in April 1861 and lay today for viewing by the world in the Dôme des Invalides in Paris, France.