Granite: What’s In a Name?

To a geologist, granite is one specific type of stone. It’s a light colored, coarse-grained igneous rock. Thus, “black granite,” to a geologist, is an oxymoron akin to a “vegetarian steak.” There simply is no such thing.

But neither side needs to be right or wrong on this. Naming conventions for stones vary across different industries. Those who work in mining, gemstones, commercial stones, and geology all have their own language. And that’s okay. Everyone should use the names that make the most sense for their purposes. The stone industry needn’t start labeling slabs as granodiorite or monzonite just to make geologists happy.

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At Brothers in Granite we're producers and exporters of natural stone from Vitoria Brazil. We've been in business since 2007 and have shipped thousands of bundles in hundreds of containers to our more than 150 satisfied customers in the United States. Our mission is to provide a simple and easy to understand import process to help our customers receive the most beautiful natural stone slabs from Brazil at a competitive price and with the highest quality available. We buy our blocks from many different quarries in Brazil and produce our slabs with the latest high-tech machinery resulting in top-quality finishes for our materials. We take quality very seriously and our goal is to offer our customers only the best in terms of products and customer service.

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