I received this week's question via email from Linda T. in Oregon. She is wanting to use marble on her fireplace surround.
The answer is yes! Marble is an excellent choice for fireplace surrounds, hearths & mantles. It's probably the stone you see most often on fireplaces in older homes.
Marble holds up great to the heat of the fireplace. Keep in mind it may etch, but people usually aren't cutting lemons on their fireplace hearths. :)