The history of Jura marble

Around 180 million years ago, a tropical ocean washed around southern Franconian Jura. Over a period of 20 million years, deposits in the lagoons of the shelf sea created the Upper Jurassic strata, also known as White Jurassic or Malm. This consists of pale lime and marl, a mixture of lime and clay.

Many of the deposits contained examples of the flora and fauna of the time, as evidenced by the numerous fossils in this sedimentary rock. Internal pressure hardened these deposits, giving rise to the natural stone construction material now known as Jura limestone.

The density of the material, its ability to be polished, its numerous different colour and structure variants and its good resistance to wear are the most important characteristics which enable versatile use of Jura marble. Jura marble is used in the fields of building construction and interior design as facade panels, ashlar masonry blocks, flooring, wall tires or solid stone works. The excellent heat-storing properties of this natural stone make it particularly well suited to use as a covering for heated floors. This stone, an ecologically harmless building material in every respect, is viewed by consumers as a symbol of timelessness and stability. There is a very long tradition of using this form of limestone, with Jura marble making an appearance as early as Roman times.