Stone Types | Ashfield Stone
Ashfield Schist The most versatile of the stones we quarry is a mica garnet schist (Unit #3 Goshen Formation), a naturally layered stone having been folded up from ancient seabed and metamorphosed in the slow crush of continents some 400 million years ago. When split or “cleft” into it’s natural layers it can be used for all kinds of Landscape applications such as walls, patios and door steps. The stone’s surface has a pleasing texture and a silver, blue-gray color with occasional bronzing. This durable stone, unique to New England, has been used traditionally for over 300 years as a building stone. It is the oldest gravestones, hearths, well caps, foundation facing, door steps and flooring in the region. When Ashfield Stone is sawn with the huge diamond tipped circular saw, there are two distinct layers that can be used in many dimensional applications such as counter tops and flooring. Quicksilver is a lighter, Quartzite layer with marbled garnet patterns, trace silver blazes and occasional quartz veining. Galaxy is a darker Schist layer that mirrors the woven surface texture in a holographic pattern. Expect blends of both patterns.