Stylish stone-vessel sinks
Stone Basins, Terra Acqua, www.terracqua.net, Cost: $700-$1600
Stone basins may have been used since ancient times, but in today's bathrooms, they're stylish updates. Handcrafted in materials that range from softer honey or green onyx to more durable crema-marfil marble or black-pearl granite, Terra Acqua Montecito Stone basins aren't meant for high-traffic sink areas and aren't suitable for use by children, but they do make great accents to a master-bedroom or guest suite.
Although the softer onyx sinks can be chipped if they aren't treated as luxuriously as they look, the rest of the sinks wear well with normal use. The natural stone can handle most bathroom products -- toothpaste or hair dye, for example -- but the manufacturer suggests cleaning the basin after use with a stone cleaner. Also, try not to leave abrasive or acidic products in the sink for an extended period of time. Treating the basin yearly with a granite or stone sealer is the best way to keep it intact.
The smaller vessels weigh around 38 lb. and start at 14 in. dia.; the larger granite vessels can weigh as much as 50 lb. with a diameter of up to 30 in. Installation requires a regular vessel drain and no special grouting, but silicone is recommended to seal the area where the sink meets the vanity or countertop, to ensure that moisture doesn't get underneath.
-- Ashley Pedersen
Fuera onyx sink by Terra Acqua.