Natural stone countertops are countertops that are made from “slabs” of natural stone that are quarried from different places around the world. They are cut from the ground in big blogs, cut into slabs, polished, then shipped to a granite fabricator. This basic process has been used for hundreds of years and is very “natural”.
Quartz countertops or “engineered stone” are countertops made from “slabs” of a manufactured material. The manufactured material is created by: grinding “quartz”, a natural and very hard mineral, into little pieces, adding resin (a glue), adding coloring, then pouring in into large slabs. These slabs are similar in size and shape and natural stone slabs. They are then sent to fabricators to make countertops.