The Paxton in Azul Valverde
Sadly, Azul Valverde is a material that will not be available for much longer. Reserves are very limited now and extraction of the material has nearly come to an end. There are only a few quarries producing this beautiful stone and these are located by the Serra D’Aires e Candeeiros Natural Park near Valverde in the region of Alcanede, Portugal. The two mountains where the material is quarried sit above a plain commanding views of the Atlantic Ocean on a clear day. Azul is described as a grey limestone but its colour is more subtle than this suggests, with shades of moss green and lighter fossilization in places.