The Straight Scoop On Granite

Living near Mount Airy, North Carolina a.k.a. The Granite City, we naturally think that granite quarried there is used in memorials. The Mount Airy quarry is the largest open face granite mine in the world. While some of the finest and most beautiful large civic memorials in the nation have been constructed of Mount Airy granite the stone is rarely used for regular graveyard monuments (although we have made a few). The Mount Airy craftsmen build large mausoleums (we keep two in stock) but most of the granite mined there is use in the construction of buildings and roadway curbing.

The granite that is fabricated for memorials comes from the U.S. and all over the world. One such stone is Salisbury Pink from nearby Salisbury, North Carolina. Another fairly local granite is Virginia Mist from Culpepper, VA. Dakota Mahogany is also domestically produced in Milbank, SD. The most commonly used monument stone is a fine grained blue/grey granite from Elberton, GA.

Click on the thumbnails below to see a larger example of several types.

Note: Because every computer monitor and viewing condition can and does vary, it is nearly impossible to insure the color rendition of these images. However they will give you a good approximation of grain and color of each type. Seeing it in person or on color corrected photos is always the best.

American Bouquet200
American Bouquet
Autumn Rose
Autumn Rose
Bahama Blue
Bahama Blue
Balmoral Red
Balmoral Red
       
Barre Gray
Barre Gray
Bethel White
Bethel White
Black Galaxy
Black Galaxy
Blue Pearl
Blue Pearl
       
Caledonia
Caladonia
Canadian Pink
Canadian Pink
Cats Eye Red
Cats Eye Red
China Black
China Black
       
Dakota Mahogany
Dakota Mahogany
Deer Isle
Deer Isle
Elberton Grey
Elberton Grey
Flash Black
Flash Black
       
Georgia Gray
Georgia Gray
Impala Black
Impala Black
India Black
India Black
India Red
India Red
       
Jet Black
Jet Black
Jet Mist
Jet Mist
Lavender Mist
Lavender Mist
Mountain Rose
Mountain Rose
       
New Flash Black
New Flash Black
New Imperial Red
New Imperial Red
Paradiso
Parisido
Salisbury Pink
Salibury Pink
       
Seashell Pink
Seashell Pink
Silver Cloud
Silver Cloud
Virginia Mist
Virginia Mist