Jura Beige vs. Jura Grey
Jura limestone is the trade name of a beige to grey-blue limestone which comes from the geographical region of the Fränkische Alb – Germany. The natural colours 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.
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.
Both Jura Beige and Jura Grey limestone are extracted in the same quarries, but in different section within the quarries. Some layers or section may have a beige colour, other may have a grey colour, 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 colour and some elements visible at the surface.
The main points that distinguish these two limestones are:
– Colour: these limestone´s colours and tones are very different. While the Jura Beige has a light beige colour and some strong red coloured elements showing some contrast, the Jura Grey limestone has a cold grey coloured 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 colour. While the Jura Beige is commonly found on exterior cladding projects, where a beige colour is normally used, the Jura Grey is a preferential limestone for interior decoration applications, where a more sober colour 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 Jura Grey is a very popular limestone on the US.
But despite these differences, can we consider these both limestones as alternative to each other? Definitely… if colour is not a factor.
Regardless of the type of finishing that you will have for both these limestones, they will always show a different colour. In this sense, it will be difficult to replace one of these stones by the other, purely because the colours are not alternative.
However, what can happen is to use these two limestones combined. If the idea is to match a grey colour with a beige colour, then both limestones can be complemented. This is true specially because these two limestones share a similar structure and looks, only diverging on the colour. For example, on a cladding projects where both limestones would be applied, a similar pattern could be followed.
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.