Any gemstone embedded resin-based slab, tile or molding comes in this category. We use gemstone and epoxies and with their combination make unique products.
What are epoxies:
Epoxies are polymer materials that begin life as liquids and are converted to the solid polymers by a chemical reaction. An epoxy based polymer is mechanically strong, chemically resistant to degradation of the chemical elements in the solid form and highly adhesive during conversion from liquid to solid. There are a wide range of basic epoxy chemicals from which an epoxy system can be formulated.
Physically epoxy systems contain two components, resins and a hardeners. The resin component is usually light, sometimes almost clear colored and almost odour free. Hardeners are usually dark and have a characteristic 'ammonia-like' smell. When these two components are brought together and mixed intimately in a prescribed way, they will react chemically and link together irreversibly, and after the chemical reaction has been completed, they will form a rigid plastic material.
Applications of epoxy based materials are extensive and include coatings, adhesives and composite materials like carbon fiber and glass-reinforced plastic (although polyester, vinyl ester, and other thermosetting resins are also used for glass-reinforced plastic). Epoxies are known for their excellent adhesion, chemical and heat resistance, good to excellent mechanical properties and very good electrical insulating properties. Almost any property can be modified.
In this process we cut and polish gems into small slices. Then we makes and slabs of it using epoxy. Since the gems are translucent we can have unique backlit interiors. This is a fascinating new concept, which is catching the fancy of designers. Translucent gemstones are cut and polished and made into slabs using epoxy. These when backlit, create wonderful interiors.
More then 30 Different Gems and Semi precious stones can be used to make epoxy tiles and Slabs. We use Italian made epoxy, rasins and harders. They do not change color and we offer life long guarantee for the slabs. The slabs can be made as per your thickness and dimentions.
You can put them into various uses like tabletops, wall cladding, floors, dividers, partitions, stairs, railings, furniture… The choices are great.
Now epoxy is such a versatile material that not only stones but anything for that matter can be set in it, almost all kinds of solids including plants and insects also. For example here are some epoxy tiles using leaves and plants, we have made. The plants are coated with a presevative and once set in epoxy its color and freshness remains same. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
This is how they are made:
First Rough Stones are sourced from different locations around the world. For example, this is the rough lot of blue laced agate which we get from mines in Africa. They are buffed and cleaned.
Next the Lumps of Blue lace agate are made into small pieces so that they can be sliced and polished.
Next it is thin sliced. This is one cut this slice of agate. This is how first thin slices are made of different stones. Later they will be polished.
Now these cut and polished slices are put on a flat surface of the dye and then set in epoxy.
Very large slabs of several meters can be made using the same process.
Here is another example. Rose quartz is precured from the mines. Buffed into small peices. Then cut and polished in slices and set in epoxy.
We use genuine precious stones with epoxy. Here we have rough aventurine cut as pendents also the same material is used to make a epoxy tile and a round slab for use as table top. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Here we can see a block of petrified wood and large epoxy salbs made of different types of petrified wood. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Here are few examples of epoxy gem slabs. Click on the photos to enlarge them.