- 7th June 2015
- Posted by: Granite & Marble Specialties
- Category: Granite
With so many choices for your granite selection, it can feel a little overwhelming. Luckily, it’s also hard to go wrong! We don’t carry any granite we don’t think exemplifies both quality and beauty, and all slabs of granite are unique, natural, and a great addition to any home. Here’s a closer look at a few of our favorite types.
This beautiful, brightly-colorful granite comes from Brazil. “Azul” means “blue” in both Spanish and Portuguese, which is no surprise when you see the bright blue color of this stone. It comes from the state of Bahia, which is one of the states of Brazil, and means “bay.” Bahia is right on the coast of Brazil, and this blue stone metaphorically reflects the blue waters in the bay of the port city Salvador.
Unlike Azul Bahia, this stone has only the faintest amounts of blue—it’s an iridescent mixture of light blues, grays, blacks, and smokey whites. The bedrock this stone is based in is white, with the other mineral veins making up 30-70% of the coloration, for a swirling, constellation-like result. There are usually both grey and white quartz deposits in Azul Aran, which give it is luminescence. This stone comes from Italy. And if you’re not great at keeping your counters cleanly wiped, this stone is great for concealing dirtiness!
This stone isn’t actually granite, but black sand from India that’s been melted and compressed over time to form a stone essentially the same. There are other black granites mined across the globe, popularly also in China, for example, but the Absolute Black from Southern India is the densest and highest-quality. Because it’s so well known for its strength and beauty, many quarries and slab dealers will call a different black granite “Absolute Black” to motivate buyers, so beware! Stick with a dealer you can trust.
This breathtaking granite from Brazil combines deposits of various lake stones of volcanic origin set in black stone to form a pattern that’s as natural as it is beautiful, and the many colors make it easy to color-coordinate with in your kitchen. This kind of granite is called conglomerate rock, which means that it’s made up of individual sedimentary rocks, usually rounded stones, that have been cemented together by a material with a finer grain.
If you’re interested in seeing any of these stones in person, or maybe looking for something similar, come in to Seattle Granite & Marble today!