24 January 2011

Granite, Stone & Marble

I love granite.  I love stone. 

 See the slabs on the right with the black labels?  Notice how smooth the ends are and the edges are cut smooth and straight?  That is how you can tell that the company that mined it had really fine, expensive equipment to use in their processing techniques.

The netting on the underside of the slabs is put on at the quarry and give it a little more strength and stabilization during transport.  Many granites have lots of irregularities in them which is what makes them so interesting to look at. They have veins, streaks of quartz, lots of movement.  These irregularities that make them so gorgeous to look at also makes them more fragile. So they are reinforced with mesh to keep them from cracking during transport and fabrication.
 Giallo Ornamental - This slab will provide the cabinet top in the Utility Room.  It has its origins in Brazil.  You can find it in golds, creams and browns.  The slab we selected is in the cream and brown range.

 Colonial Cream - A granite from India.  This is the granite we selected for the kitchen and pantry

 Aquarama - This is another granite from Brazil.  It had alot of greens and coppers with a lot of movement.  We wanted this piece for the powder room.  When time came to put a hold on it we were notified that it was "spoken for". 

 Sorry for the "Road to Damascus" shine from the camera.  This is Dark Emperador; a marble from Spain.  The master bath has this same material on the floor and in the shower.  This slab will become the cabinet-tops in there.

Fantastico!  This made my heart go pitter patter.  It is so beautiful; one of the prettiest pieces of onyx I've seen.  See the "made in Italy" sticker on the upper right-hand corner of the slab?  It made me laugh.  Technically it was 'made' in Italy, but not by the hands of a nimble-handed sculpture named Guisseppi.  No, I think God had something to do with this beautiful piece of stone. 

We really would have loved to have this but it would have required selling a grandchild or two.

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