A Brief History of Granite
In modern times, Granite has been a popular natural stone choice for decades due to its timeless and sturdy qualities. It’s name itself originates from a Latin word referencing ‘coarse grained crystallised rock’.
When considering the history of the stone we believe in starting from the very beginning. Interestingly, granite was first formed 300 million years ago and is the oldest igneous rock in the world. As a plutonic rock, granite is created with the cooling of magma/molten stone. Despite the slabs of granite we know and love today being generally dark in colour, traditionally this stone is much lighter. The differentiation in colour between pieces of the stone is typically because of the difference in molten rock it was originally formed from.
These days, we source the slabs of granite used for your Benchtops and fireplaces from quarries located in Australia, Brazil, India, Italy and China. It remains one of the most durable and sturdy stones on the market, with every piece offering a unique and interesting look. Whilst this natural stone made a resurgence in the 80’s in the luxury market, it is now a fairly accessible option for modern homeowners and renovators.