Jura Beige limestone vs Jura Grey limestone

Jura limestone is the commercial name of a beige to grey-blue limestone which comes from the region of Bavaria – Germany. The natural colors of this limestone are beige, grey-blue and a mixture of both. However, the two most relevant types of Jura limestone are the Beige and the Grey.

Jura Grey and Jura Beige limestones

We make here a brief comparison of both limestones, in order to try to understand the main differences between them as well as each one of them individually.

Limestone Comparison

Both Jura Beige and Jura Grey limestone are extracted in the same quarries, but in different sections or layers within the quarries. Some layers or sections may have a beige color, other may have a grey color, but both types share the same origin. They also share the same structure and technical properties. In short, we are talking about the same stone, but with differences in terms of color and some elements visible at the surface.


The main points that distinguish these two limestones are:

– Color: these limestone´s colors and tones are very different. While the Jura Beige has a light beige color and some strong red colored elements showing some contrast, the Jura Grey limestone has a cold grey colored background, with less contrast between its elements.

– Applications: despite their common origin, these two limestones are normally used on fairly different applications. This is mainly explained because of the color. While the Jura Beige is commonly found on exterior cladding projects, where a beige color is normally used, the Jura Grey is a preferential limestone for interior decoration applications, where a more sober color and less contrast are appreciated.

– Markets: this is perhaps one of the points where these limestone diverge the most. While the Jura Beige limestone is a very popular limestone in markets such as the UK, the Middle East, Asia, the Jura Grey is a very popular limestone on the US or some European countries.

Jura Beige limestone

The Jura Beige is a reference beige limestone, with considerable hardness. Its main variations depend mostly on the more or less abundance of dark colored fossils, as well as background uniformity. This limestone can have a light variation and dark variation, as well as a vein-cut variation (less common and with limited quantity).


Jura Grey limestone

The Jura Grey is a reference grey limestone, with considerable hardness. Its main variations depend mostly on the more or less abundance of darker fossils, as well as background uniformity. This limestone also presents a vein-cut variation that presents parallel vein along its surface, as well as a grey mixed color (also known as Jura Cocktail).


Alternative Limestones?

But despite these differences, can we consider these both limestones as alternative to each other? Definitely… if color is not a factor.

However, if we consider other factors such as grain structure, background uniformity, technical properties, there are other limestones that can be considered alternatives to the Jura limestone. In the case of the Jura Beige limestone, the most direct alternative is the Portuguese limestone called Moleanos.


In the case of the Jura Grey limestone, we present a direct alternative also from Portugal called Moleanos Blue.


But no matter how much we try to make these two limestones look similar, they will always have their own identity, and an evidence of that are the type of projects and markets they cater for.

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