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IGNEOUS ROCK
One of three principle groups of rock that make up the earth’s surface. Formed by the solidification of molten matter

IMPORT BROKER
One who acts as an independent sales representative in the United States, its territories and Canada for foreign suppliers

IMPORTER
One who purchases, stocks, and distributes foreign materials in the United States, its territories and Canada, in substantial quantities and reliable quality

IMPREGNATION
Applying a chemical containing stain inhibitors that penetrates below the surface of the stone

IMPREGNATOR
Impregnating sealer; a chemical product made of two parts: a resin (solid) and a carrier (water or mineral solvent) to penetrate the surface of a stone to reduce the natural absorbency rate of the stones it is applied to, providing that the stone’s surface tension allows the product to be absorbed by it

INCISE
To cut inwardly or engrave, as in an inscription

INDENTING
Omission of some stones to allow for future bonding-in work

INLAY
Surface decoration achieved by the insertion of lines or patterns of contrasting material