Updated 07 JUNE, 2024

Introducing Caesarstone Mineral™ - Premium, sustainable, low-silica surfaces

The stunning decors that you know and love are changing to a low-silica formula

We are excited to announce that Caesarstone have developed the new Caesarstone Mineral™ range, a lower silica alternative to assist in reducing risk around the fabrication process.

Caesarstone Mineral™ will replace Caesarstone Quartz in the coming months, read on for more detail about the product and an indication of the change over dates for each decors.

Breakthrough technology minimises the use of crystalline silica in the slab, using a powerful blend of unique minerals, such as feldspar, and recycled materials including up to 30% recycled glass.

Caesarstone Low Silica Change Over Dates

Please note dates are approximate and may vary due to production changes and shipping delays. This list will be updated regularly as more detail becomes available.

Low Silica Available
Airy Concrete
Alpine Mist
Bianco Drift
Black Tempal
Cloudburst Concrete
Cosmopolitan White
Georgian Bluffs
Empira White
Fresh Concrete
Frosty Carrina
Ice Snow 20mm & 30mm
Intense White
London Grey
Ocean Foam
Organic White
Osprey 20mm
Piatra Grey
Pure White
Raw Concrete
Rugged Concrete
Sleek Concrete
Turbine Grey
Vanilla Noir
White Attica

Expected to transition mid to late 2024
Calcatta Nuvo
Osprey 30mm

Frequently asked Questions

How can you tell if a Casarstone slab is low silica?

You will know that your slab has less than 40% silica from the following stickers that will be present on the slab. Product names will include ‘low silica’ or LS to indicate that it is the Low Silica version. Caesarstone will refer to low silica slabs as being ‘Caesarstone Mineral™ Surfaces’ with the old slabs being referred to as ‘Caesarstone Quartz’.

What is Caesarstone Low Silica made from?

Caesarstone have developed an engineered stone formula that uses Albite (a type of Feldspar) to make up the foundation of the slab instead of quartz. Feldspar is a common, naturally occurring mineral which is used for the specific properties of being hard, durable, and low silica (up to 10%). In parallel Caesarstone has expanded the mix of materials such as glass, which contains 0% crystalline silica (the main ingredient in glass is amorphous silica which does not have the same respiratory hazards as crystalline silica*).

Are there any changes in performance and usage with Caesarstone Low Silica?

Caesarstone mineral surfaces (low silica) attributes, performance, fabrication and installation, usage and warranty are the same as Caesarstone quartz products.

We sent samples of Caesarstone Mineral Surfaces to local fabricators for testing and they report no difference in ease of fabrication.

As with all stone products we are resolute that safe handling practices and conditions are paramount and that there should be no change to health and safety practices due to the lower silica level. As a founding member of the New Zealand Engineered Stone Advisory, we recommend fabricators working with all kinds of stone seek their Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Accreditation. For a list of fabricators with Engineered Stone Fabricator RCS Accreditations click here.

Is there any difference in appearance between current decors and low silica decors?

Globally Caesarstone is not expecting any significant change in appearance, however the New Zealand market has always been more discerning than the global market. Our team are reviewing each décor as it arrives in New Zealand and variations in appearance will be communicated to the market with new samples being distributed as soon as practical.

Please keep in mind that as Caesarstone is made from natural stones, minerals and pigments, colours can slightly vary between batches. For extra discerning clients we recommend checking the slab against the sample before starting fabrication.

More information

In depth Caesarstone Health & Safety information

Laminex Low Silica Benchtops

Caesarstone website

* https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/safety-topic/hazards/crystalline-silica-and-silicosis