Alpine is quarried from a bedrock quarry in Brazil. The composition of this granite is mostly feldspar and quartz, making it a very hard and durable product, which is ideal for kitchen countertops. In some slabs, there may be veins that have tones of rust in them, as well as spots of turquoise quartz. This granite must be back-meshed before the slabs are moved to the resin line at the factory. In doing this, it is not always possible to bookmatch the slabs. Therefore, the slabs may or may not be book-matched, depending on the block. During the polishing process, an epoxy resin is applied to the surface of the stone to fill in any natural pits, cracks or fissures that may exist. This does not affect the durability, maintenance or beauty of the stone. It is possible for some of the more minute pits that are too small to effectively hold the resin, to reopen during other finishing stages. However, this will not detract from the overall quality or appearance of the stone. Finally, a mesh backing is adhered to the back of the stone to ensure safety while handling and fabricating the slab or tile. As a natural stone product, it is recommended that it be sealed to extend its longevity.