What You Should Know About Jerusalem Limestone

What is Jerusalem Limestone?

Sometimes our clients are misinformed by stone fabricators or installers about what to expect from their natural stone. This is especially true of Jerusalem limestone. If you are selecting natural stone and considering Jerusalem limestone or if you already have Jerusalem limestone, this article may be of interest to you.


Jerusalem limestone, including Jerusalem Gold, Jerusalem Gray Gold, Jerusalem Pearl, and more, is quarried in Israel. It comes in a variety of rustic colors and finishes.


Jerusalem limestone is soft, which means it can become scratched. It is porous, so if it is not properly sealed, spills can quickly turn into stains. As a calcite-based stone, Jerusalem limestone is susceptible to etching.

Problematic Applications

Varieties of Jerusalem limestone that contain a lot of fossils may be susceptible to spalling (surface flaking or peeling). Jerusalem limestone is not ideal for very high traffic areas since its density can be inconsistent.

Professional Care

Professional attention can make a big difference in the appearance of Jerusalem limestone. It should be periodically deep cleaned and sealed. Most stains can be removed, and if surface damage occurs, it can be honed and polished away by with professional stone restoration.

This is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of Surface Care PRO Partners.