Studio Art and Stone is proud to carry Studio Vertu tumbled Italian marble giftware.
What material are the coasters made of?
Studio Art and Stone marble giftware line is all made using tumbled Botticino marble. This marble typically comes from Italy. Our quarry is located Verona, Italy.
Do the coasters absorb moisture?
No, the coasters are made from Italian Marble, mountains do not absorb moisture. Can you image the mess! Our proprietary process encourages liquids to bead-up on your coasters surface. Our experience with the coasters that do absorb is that after absorbing moisture, the image begins to fade and mold. Plus who wants that red wine imbedded in the image!
How is the image put on the surface?
The image is hand-printed onto the surface of the rock using a combination of our proprietary inks and finishing process. Because the stone is naturally slightly porous, the image is “grabbed” or absorbed by the surface of the stone so it does not peel or flake.
How do you clean the marble?
The best method for cleaning is with a damp soft sponge or cloth. Please do not use any abrasive cleaners or pads, this will scratch the image. A tiny spritz of a gentle glass cleaner such as Windex will also clean them right up. Do not put in dishwasher – not because of the heat or the water but because the cork will peel off and nobody wants that!
Can you purchase the tiles without backs?
All of our tiles can be purchased with no backing, just specify this on your order. This is especially critical if you are installing the tiles. Trivets are supplied with either a masonite and hanger back or cork backing as well.
Can the tiles be used for a backsplash?
Our tiles make beautiful backsplashes. Simply order with no backs, mount to the wall with a construction adhesive, grout with non-sanded grout and seal. We also sell the field tile to complete your project and maintain the same beautiful tumbled marble finishes. Just ask your Sales resource for special washed blank pricing. Washed blanks are available in sizes 2”, 4” and 8”.
Do you have any (fill-in the blank) images?
Having produced images for over 21 years we have seen some pretty crazy, some very clever, and some really lovely designs. Since most sets are comprised of four unique images we have thousands of little pieces of artwork to select from. Our licensed artists help us round out the collections with their unique looks and perspectives including the European esthetic from our friends at Studio Vertu Europe. We like to think that we have images that could fit any theme…and if we don’t now, we can create them. Please just add a comment to your order if you are looking for something you can’t find and let us do the search work for you.
Do you offer custom and what are the minimums?
Yes we offer custom printing – it’s quick and easy. (please see website section on Custom) There is a one-time set-up fee which covers a hard sample. Once the sample is approved each additional custom set is priced the same as our stock sets. Custom images can be used across the product line so we will scale your artwork for trivets (8”), coasters, hooks and clocks (4”) and magnets, wine stoppers and ornaments (2”).
Once your custom image is approved and coded by us the lead time for your custom order is no different than if you ordered from our Collections. Please do not send original artwork since we can’t take responsibility for it to be safely returned to you. Also please bear in mind and respect all copyright and trademark restrictions.
Where do you ship from?
We ship from Newport, Kentucky. Most orders are shipped UPS Ground unless otherwise requested.
What if my product arrives damaged?
We are always regretful if for any reason something is unsatisfactory. It is important that you are able to educate your customer that our "look" and the product itself is tumbled, so the rustic edges and pitting is not a defect. The tumbling process is an added expense to our product but we love the authentic rock look and feel it gives our products.