Marble has the same general properties of limestone and can stain, etch or scratch, but only becomes more beautiful over time and use. Most marble has veining mineral deposits throughout. It is generally thought to be from Italy, but in actuality it is quarried all over the world. Tumbled marble has become extremely popular in the United States in the last few years for backsplash, flooring and shower areas.
Be aware that green marble containing serpentine needs to be installed in water areas with specific setting guidelines that installers should know of, as water can warp and break it apart. Also, polished marble can be slippery to walk on until a patina has built up on its surface.