How to choose Jura Beige limestone

The Jura Beige is a German limestone that has seen an incredible growth in demand in the past several years, going from a marginal limestone mostly used on the internal market to a reference beige limestone admired by international designers and architects. It is today a beige limestone that is used on a wide range of interior and exterior applications.

There are few variations of the Jura Beige limestone available. Below we introduce you to 4 of the main ones that are currently being extracted by most Jura quarries in Germany. The Jura Beige Dark and Light are the most relevant ones, representing about 90% of the total extraction and supply. The Jura Beige vein-cut has marginal extraction and supply, but has a solid demand. Finally, the Jura Cocktail that is no more than a mix between Jura Beige and Jura Grey. We explain each one of these variations below:

1. Jura Beige Dark limestone

The Jura Beige Dark limestone is one of the two most relevant types of Jura Beige, with consistent supply and demand. It presents a darker beige colour tone, the regular messy structure of the Jura limestone with all the fossils and strong elements, as well as some occasional white calcite. If compared to the Light type, the Jura Beige Dark presents less contrast between its elements. Because this is a slightly harder and more compact type of Jura, it is the number one choice for all types of exterior applications.

Main Features: darker beige colour; messy structure; considerable hardness; not so much contrast

Recommended for: Exterior and interior applications in general.

Jura Beige Dark limestone

2. Jura Beige Light limestone

As the other most relevant variation of the Jura Beige, the Jura Beige Light presents the regular Jura structure, with the messy and irregular background, abundant signs of fossils and occasional white calcite, but with a lighter beige colour tone. Its lighter colour tone enhances the contrast between its main elements. Because this type of Jura Beige is slightly less hard and compact than the Dark variation, it is mostly used on interior applications and if for exterior, mostly on cladding. This is today the variation of the Jura limestone with most demand.

Main Features: lighter beige colour; messy structure; considerable hardness; a little more contrast

Recommended for: Interior applications mostly, decoration, some cladding.

Jura Beige Light limestone

3. Jura Beige vein-cut limestone

As a special variation of the Jura Beige, the Jura Beige vein-cut presents some of the main characteristics of the Jura limestone, but with a parallel vein structure. Here, the blocks are sawn against the vein that gives this variation its final look. This variation presents the strong signs of calcite as well as the occasional white calcite. In terms of quantity, it has a marginal quote on the overall extraction of Jura Beige limestone, being mostly used on small cladding or wall coverings applications.

Main Features: lighter beige colour; parallel vein structure; considerable hardness; some contrast.

Recommended for: Exterior cladding and wall coverings.

Jura Beige vein-cut limestone

4. Jura Cocktail limestone

Considered the “ugly duck” of the Jura limestone, the Jura Cocktail is a special type of Jura that presents no more than a beige and grey colour mix. This is normally a commercial type of Jura limestone, presenting an irregular colour tone, but all-in-all the same structure of the Jura limestone. The Jura Cocktail is hard and compact, with applications found pretty much anywhere from interiors to exteriors. This is a good choice of Jura limestone if lower price is an important criteria.

Main Features: grey and beige colour mixed; messy structure; considerable hardness; not so much contrast.

Recommended for: Exterior and interior applications in general.

Jura Cocktail limestone

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