Red Marble Beaded Bracelet
The name "marble" comes from the Greek word mármaros, meaning "shining stone." There are dozens of different types of marble, each with different cutting and shaping properties. It is commonly used in architecture and for decorative carvings and statuary. Not all marble is white--many forms have swirls and/or veins of color. Marbles--that childhood game--were originally formed out of marble scraps.
Marble's reputation as an architectural material has been known since Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome, covered the public buildings there in it. Even Standard Oil covered the outside of their Chicago headquarters with white marble. (However, marble doesn't handle Midwestern winters well, so they soon had to change it to white granite.)
One of the most famous types of marble comes from the Pietrasanta quarry in Italy, where Michelangelo hunted down the perfect stone to carve his Pieta. His equally famous David is carved in stone quarried from a nearby location.