Global Heritage Stone Resource (GHSR)
Portuguese Lioz limestone and Estremoz marble have been granted international designation as a Global Heritage Stone Resource (GHSR), together with other stones from as many countries.
The designation recognises stones that have been in historic use for a significant period of time and have common recognition as a cultural icon. Managed by the International Union of Geological Sciences, the designation follows a long and detailed review by experts in the field. It aims to promote greater prominence for natural stone that has been used in artistic and architectural masterpieces, and heritage buildings, as well as routine historic stone applications. It also aims to enhance recognition of natural stone amongst geologists, engineers, architects, heritage professionals, stone industry managers and other groups that work with stone.
The other designated stones are: Portland Stone (UK), Petit granite (Belgium), Larvikite (Norway), Podpêc limestone (Slovenia), Hallandia gneiss (Sweden), Carrara marble (Italy), Villamayor Stone (Spain), Globigerina from Malta, Lede stone from Belgium, Jacobsville stone from the USA, Kolmården serpentine marble from Sweden, Welsh slate from Wales, Piedra Mar del Plata from Argentina and Makrana marble, marble used for Taj Mahal (India).
Eduardo Ribeiro, Sales Manager