Cipollino marble

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Cipollino verde


A white Marble with green and gray layers of Mica. Cipollino marble was named for the Italian word for onion. It was originally quarried from the Greek island of Euboea in the Aegean Sea and is also quarried in Italy (Alpi Apuane near Garfagnana), Switzerland, the island of Elba, and the U.S. (Vermont). Cipollino marble is used for indoor and outdoor building construction and decoration. It was used in the Byzantine church of Saint Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey (Symes, Harding and Taylor 1997). Cipollino marble was also used for buildings in Imperial Rome.

Cipollino verde

Synonyms and Related Terms

cipolin; Carystian marble

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • R.F.Symmes, T.T.Harding, Paul Taylor, Rocks, Fossils and Gems, DK Publishing, Inc., New York City, 1997
  • External source or communication Comment: Submitted information from C. A. Baldacci (3/7/05) -cipollino marble is also quarried at Garfagnana and Alpi Apuane in the northwest region of Tuscany.
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997