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Granite Memorial Headstones

To help you understand granite memorial headstones better a little information about granite itself is needed.

A double heart shaped headstone.Granite is formed when extremely hot molten rock is cooled slowly. It has close to the hardness and durability of a diamond. Its hardness and durability make it an ideal choice for memorial headstones.

Granite is made mostly of the minerals feldspar, quartz, and mica. The texture and color of granite is determined by the proportions of these minerals. Granites of various texture and color have been discovered on every continent.

There are many colors to choose from. The most popular colors are gray, Canadian pink, mountain rose, impala black, and mahogany. These colors are usually less expensive in the greater Philadelphia area because the shipping expense is less. These colors can be found in the United States and Canada.

India red and jet black are also popular colors. Headstones with these colors are imported because they are not usually found locally. They are very beautiful but are more expensive because of the extra shipping expense.

An etching is a photograph or drawing that has been scratched into the polish of the granite memorial headstone. Etchings are ideal for portraits of people, animals and flowers. It has been our experience that etchings should only be done on darker colored granite headstones. If etched in lighter colors, the granite will not have enough contrast and will be hard to see.

For information about choosing granite memorial headstones for your loved ones please see our articles called Headstone Design and Headstone Symbols. There is much to know about granite memorial headstones. If you are in the greater Philadelphia area please feel free to stop by one of our locations. Maybe we can answer some of your questions.

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