Our Story


A message from the owner:

Welcome to Studio Vertu!  For over a quarter of a century we have been the premier producer of handmade marble giftware in the United States. Over time the business and the images have been ever changing and evolving. We still make premium products with old world, unearthed charm and integrity. 

My story of buying this company is an unusual one.  I received a set of coasters as a thank you gift – I fell in love!  I thought it was the coolest product I had ever seen. I enjoyed the look, feel and quality of them.  I looked at the label and saw that they were made in Cincinnati, exactly where I lived, so of course I called them up!  Wouldn’t you?  

Condensing a long story - 12 years later I became a business partner and in 2015 gained complete ownership.  Not a single day goes by where I don’t believe I am exactly where I should be.  Owning the studio has been a challenging and fulfilling endeavor.  I am proud to be the owner of Studio Vertu, a woman owned, handcrafted, producer of Fine Marble Giftware. 

Our Product

Studio Vertu works primarily with tumbled Botticino marble.  This particular rock is chosen for its lack of veins and lines so the printed image is not distracted by what mother nature provides us.  Each piece of rock is examined by our artisans before the printing process begins.  That being said, you should still expect to see the imperfections that nature provide; small nicks, dings and fissions are to be expected – like with fine raw silk they add to the unique beauty of the product.  

In addition to the thousands of images in our collection we do custom images/artwork every single day.  We have an easy process and the pricing is the same as if you ordered our images.  

Our marble comes to us in 2”, 4” and 8” sizes.  

Any of our tile products can be used for wall installation.  If you are going to be installing please let us know so we modify our production.  As an example, tiles intended for installation will not have cork backing.  NEVER INSTALL OUR PRODUCTS ON FLOORS OR WALKING SURFACES.  Our inks are a special formula to pool liquid, this makes surfaces extremely slippery when wet.  This same technology makes them excellent materials for shower walls and backsplash installations.  Natural stone installations should be sealed (follow sealant manufacture application instructions),

Our Studio

Studio Vertu moved to Newport, Kentucky four years ago after spending over twenty years in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati.  The move has been excellent for us!  Our studio is a working manufacturing facility.  We are small and intend to stay small, nimble and responsive.  By relocating we have gained large scale efficiency through improved production layout, increased technology and material control.  

Every single item is produced right here!  We love it that way and we think you will too. 

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