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The jargon used in defining stone terms can often become quite convoluted. The purpose of this section is to try to offer a clear explanation, in layman’s English, of the most common definitions relating to stone, worktops as a whole and their fabrication.

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Stone And Worktop Terms Beginning With The Letter Q

Quarried Stone

Stone which has been removed from the earth by means of man power and machines.


Someone who removes natural stone from a quarry.


The position of an procedure where a natural stone deposit are taken from the ground.

Quarry Block

Usually a rectangular piece of coarse stone as it comes from the quarry, often scabbed (dressed) or wire-sawed for shipment.

Quarry Run

In construction stone, unselected materials within the ranges of colour and texture obtainable from the quarry that is the supply.

Quarry Sap

Natural moisture in stone deposits and recently quarried stone.

Quarter Round

A moulding having a profile of one-quarter of a round


Silicon dioxide taking place in colourless and transparent or coloured hexagonal crystals and also in crystalline masses. One of the most common minerals, the chief constituent of quartz-based stone and granite.

Quartz-Based Stone

This stone may be either sedimentary in formation or metamorphic.


A compact granular metamorphic rock composed of quartz crystals, typically so firmly cemented as to make the mass homogeneous. The stone is normally quarried in stratified layers, the surfaces of which are abnormally smooth, and the crushing and tensile strength are extremely high. The colour range is wide. Or, a silver-gray, metamorphic sandstone formed in exceedingly hard layers. In some deposits, intrusion of minerals during the formation process created uncommon shades of brown and gold.

Quartzitic Sandstone

A metamorphic sandstone consisting of quartz grains cemented with silica, but not as hard as quartzite. Geologically, it is a middle rock between sandstone and quartzite.

Queen Closure

A cut brick having a nominal two-inch parallel face dimension.


Calcium oxide which is crushed limestone that has been calcined.

Quirk Mitre Joint

An external corner formed by two stone panels, at an angle with meeting edges mitred and exposed portion finished. 


A channel separating a bead or other moulding from the adjoining parts. 


Stones at the corner of a wall emphasized by size, projection, rustication, or by a different finish.

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