The schist stone of the Ida Valley comes in several colour ways. The pallet covers greys, greens and the rust colours so iconically associated with the Central Otago region. The blending caused by the layered rock generates subtle patterns in one direction and startling marbling surfaces in another.
The image of the Schist of Otago’s history has a very distinctive platelet structure. The texture is determined by the laying down of sediments 60 thousand years ago and how it is extracted from the site. The guillotined edge is what we see most often and has the historic Central Otago look. It is also possible to cut with a diamond blade to given the same colour banding but with a smooth contemporary look.