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Stone Glossary

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Quarry

The location of an operation where a natural deposit of stone is removed from the ground.

Quartzite

A compact granular rock composed of quartz crystals, usually so firmly cemented as to make the mass homogeneous. The stone is generally quarried in stratified layers, the surfaces of which are unusually smooth. Its crushing and tensile strengths are extremely high. The color range is wide.

Quirt

A groove separating a bead or other molding from the adjoining members.

Quoins

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