Aphrodite is quarried from a bedrock quarry in Madagascar. Large blocks of this stone are hard to come by, due to the large crystal structures. This unique, gem-quality stone is limited in its availability. Due to the qualities of the stone, the slabs are book-matched; meaning slab one and slab two will be cut and polished to create a mirror image of each other. These are then kept in sequence to allow for a consistent flow in pattern. 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 stone. As a natural stone product, it is recommended that this be sealed to extend its longevity.