When I was doing research on kitchen countertops, I first planned to use white granite. But none of the ones I saw in person were "white" enough. They all had a green or purple-ish tint that I was afraid I would tire of. We tried to keep ourselves in the granite slab areas, but we kept wandering into the marble rooms...
Finally we decided to go with marble and be okay with the wear. It is so beautiful and nothing else looks quite like it. Adam says it will take on the patina of our family:)
Supposedly a "honed" finish shows less wear. It seems that with marble, staining is not the major problem
Our first day with the marble went well. That night as I cleaned up after dinner, I told Adam that I had cleaned the island
Well, the next morning I came downstairs and noticed a round "watermark" as well as a small, little triangle near it. Like a forensic detective, I deduced that Adam had a Corona with lime and it left etch marks.
It didn't take long for us to break it in...
Acids in foods like citrus fruit, tomatoes, etc. seems to cause the most etching. Luckily the honed finish doesn't really show the etching unless you bend over and look at crazy angles, with the right lighting, like I did to snap these photos.
I was also told that marble is softer than granite, which is why I chose absolute black granite in a leather finish for the surrounding countertops. I wanted some virtually indestructible counters for the majority of the kitchen.