Introduction to the Jura Limestone

The Jura limestone is an increasingly popular natural stone from Germany. It has been in the market for a long time, but it has only started gaining serious international recognition in the past few years, mainly due to some high profile projects that were done with this limestone.

The Jura is a limestone from Germany, with considerable hardness and known for its abundance of fossils. This German limestone is very popular worldwide, being normally supplied as blocks to China, slabs to the Middle East, tiles to UK and USA and cut to size for cladding projects pretty much everywhere. Additionally, it is a popular stone for flooring and landscaping projects.

We analyze here in more detail, the Jura limestone and give a better view on this beautiful German limestone.

Background

The Jura limestone is explored by several companies located in the Titting-Kaldorf area, located in upper Bavaria. The quarries can have medium to large dimension and a considerable extraction capacity. The blocks are normally large but normally a bit short.

Jura limestone quarry

The Jura limestone is probably the most well-know German natural stone, with considerable demand in Europe and in several other parts of the world. It is also a limestone with considerable reserves for future extraction. This makes the Jura a limestone to take into consideration in the future, specially because of its interesting color variation (beige to grey).

Main Types

The Jura limestone can be classified in three different categories or colors:

– Beige: beige colored limestone, with thin to medium grain and non-uniform background. The Jura Beige limestone is mostly characterized by the presence of strong signs of fossils with darker color, sparsely distributed throughout the stone surface.

Jura Beige Light Limestone

– Grey/Blue: the grey variation of the Jura limestone, the Jura Grey limestone presents a similar structure to theJura Beige limestone, but with a different background color. The Jura Grey limestone is also known for its cold/icy grey color as well as some shiny silver elements.

Jura Cocktail Limestone

– Mixed: the mixed variation of this limestone is composed by both grey and beige colors. These colors are completely aleatory and follow no specific shape of pattern.

Jura Cocktail Limestone

From all these three variations, the Jura Beige is the limestone that enjoys the most reputation and sales. This is followed by the Jura Grey and Jura Mixed. All these three types of Jura limestone normally cater for its own markets and projects.

Applications

It is today common to find applications of the Jura limestone on several exterior cladding applications. It is also a preferential limestone for flooring, coverings and diverse stonework. The Jura limestone can be used for masonry, garden decoration, interior decoration (bath design, kitchen use, for example) as well as diverse landscaping applications.

Podcast

Listen to the Jura Beige and Jura Grey limestone podcasts, a new way of presenting the limestones.