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Caesarstone’s Bianco Drift, an engineered stone that looks like marble Some homeowners who like marble but do not want to deal with its upkeep are choosing quartzite as an alternative. Not to be confused with manufactured quartz, the metamorphic rock — formed when quartz-rich sandstone is subjected to heat and pressure — is harder and sturdier than marble but has a similar look. “It has beautiful veining but doesn’t stain,” Gilmer says.