Colors Used for Gravestone
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Gravestone are usually made from natural stone, such as granite, used to mark the place of a loved one’s grave in the cemetery. Granite is a very durable material and is available in a wide array of colors. Quarries from all over the world are procuring granite for commercial and memorialization use. As a result of the hundreds of granite quarries that have sprung up all over the world, a rainbow of granite colors has made its way into the market place.
Granite Color Groups
When granite was first used in the US for gravestones, the most popular color was gray granite. While gray is still the most popular there are many other colors now available. Those granite colors mentioned in this article represent only a small portion of all the colors available. There are several popular granite color groups that are used in gravestones. Grays – By far the most popular group, gray granite can be seen in just about every cemetery across the country. Georgia Gray granite, is very economical as it comes from Elberton, GA the granite capital of the world.
|China Gray||Barre Gray||China St|
|French Greek||Silver Pearl||Sterling Gray|
Browns – A very warm and soothing granite color, the browns in this group, when polished, produce a very heart warming appearance. Some of these granite colors are known by more than one name. They are: Dakota Mahogany/Carnelian, Colonial Rose/Lac Du Bonnet and Rainbow.
|Cat Eye Brown||India Mahogany||Coffee Brown|
Pinks – The granite colors in this group are known for their graceful pink hues and delicate appearance although they are as durable as any other color. Some of the more popular pink granite colors are: Salisbury Pink, Morning Rose and Starlight Pink.
|Coral Pink||Imperial Pink||Dakota|
|North American Pink||Paradisio|
Reds – Red granites are very eye catching as they have a mystical appearance about them. The popular colors in this group are: India Red, Mountain Red, Wassau Red and Sunset Red.
|India Red||Missouri Red||Wausau Red||Lotus Red|
Blacks – The darkest of the bunch, black granite produces the most brilliant reflection when polished to a high sheen. The contrast between the dark polished surface and carved areas make for excellent sandblasting medium. The colors in this group are: India Black/Absolute Black, Academy Black, Black Galaxy.
Blues – Blue offers a magnificent contrast when used in designs with black granite, but equally powerful as a single-stone tribute to a loved one
|Blue Pearl||Blue Silk|
Green – Rich and beautiful, Green creates a feeling of long – lasting remembrance
|Tropical Green||Forest Green|
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