Choosing a Shade of Granite for a Headstone

Image of a granite headstone

Granite is one of the most popular choices for headstones. Not only is this material the strongest, but it’s also the most durable. Granite headstones are also cost effective, with the ability to resist abrasion and decay for many years.

This material is also desirable because it’s available in a variety of colors. While the color of granite does affect the price because of where it comes from, the different minerals within the granite allows for many color variations, making every stone unique.

Designing a headstone can be a beautiful process and a wonderful opportunity to honor your loved one. However, with so many options, it can feel overwhelming. Working with a local monument company like Tegeler can make the process smooth and easy, helping you to choose a durable and timeless headstone for yourself or your loved one.

Here are the top three most popular colors of granite headstones, and a few of the more non-traditional colors, with information to help you choose which is right for you.

1. Gray

Gray is probably the most common granite headstone color, partially because it’s neutral and blends in naturally, but it’s also typically the most affordable color due to its wide availability.

Georgia gray, perhaps the most recognizable color for granite headstones, is also the most economical. Other shades of gray may include coral gray, moonlight gray, and St. Cloud gray.

2. Black

Black is another popular color, but black granite isn’t as commonly found as gray, so it will cost more. For example, India Black comes from Indian quarries, so shipping costs make it more expensive. But, its dark blackness makes it a great option for a headstone with an engraving or image, as they will pop exceptionally. Academy black and black galaxy are other shades. 

3. Brown

Also more expensive than gray, brown granite is a relatively neutral headstone color with a warm quality that many people like. Dakota mahogany and colonial rose are two types of brown granite, both featuring a variety of other colors like shades of brown, red, black, and even pink.

4. Non-Traditional Colors

While non-traditional colors are likely the most expensive, they can make a headstone as unique as the loved one it’s for. Examples of non-traditional colors include pink, red, blue, and green. These are a great way to capture attention and have the headstone stand out from the others.

Some of these colors are flatter, while others are sparkling. Because of the variations of granite and the variety of colors even within one choice, opportunities to have a unique and beautiful headstone are abundant.

Get Help from the Experts

When purchasing a granite headstone, know that there are many color options. And, with so many choices, you’re sure to find one that fits your vision and your budget.

At Tegeler, we are dedicated to helping you choose a perfect headstone. We get out granite from quarries as close as Georgia and as far away from South Africa or China, depending on the type of granite. If you’re interested in seeing granite headstones, please visit our showroom. Or, contact us at 410-944-0300 or fill out our online contact form and someone will be in touch soon.