While quartz countertops are in fact man made, they still contain 90%+ natural quartz. Natural quartz is the second most plentiful mineral in the Earth’s crust, essentially a hard, crystallized form of silica. In construction, quartz is broken down into crystals and then reformed into the necessary shape. Once the quartz is pressed into the mold, resin and any desired colouring is added– this hardens and the end product is an extremely durable construction material. Quartz is popular choice as it requires very little maintenance and is a non-porous substance– making it ideal for countertops.