Quartz is a mineral composed of silicon and oxygen atoms. Embodies the elegance with perfect mix of natural and manufactured materials. Over many scratch, any heat, and stains you can count on quartz. Although Quartz is scratch resistant we DO recommend using a cutting board. Within the time the heat can cause discoloration on the countertop. Quartz is harder/durable than granite. Quartz is nearly indestructible and easy bacteria-free.