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Style & Options

Types of Monuments

There are six basic styles of granite monuments, with some variations:

  1. Grass Marker - Flush with the grass
  2. Bevel Marker - Six inches above the grass, with a slight slope
  3. Slant Marker - Sits about 16 inches high and has a sloped face
  4. Die/Tablet With Base - A vertical monument that sits on a granite base
  5. Bench - Just as it sounds
  6. Mausoleum - Serves as a monument and houses the casket(s)

Understanding Granite Options

Traditionally, monuments are made of granite, with many different colors of granite available. Gray granite has been the most popular, as it is the most affordable and tends to require less maintenance than colored granite. The cemetery's water quality is an important factor in this decision. While mineral deposits will ultimately discolor all granite, gray will show deposits much less than other colors.

A big issue in the monument industry today is the importing of Chinese granite. The customer needs to inquire if the granite they are considering is from China. The wholesale cost of Chinese granite is considerably less than American granite, and the price for a monument made from Chinese gray granite should reflect that.

Regarding quality, the verdict is still out regarding the longevity of Chinese granites when exposed to the elements here in the United States.

Silver Diamond, LLC is a local, family-owned business where you can be assured of receiving personal service and quality work.

Natural-Shaped Stone Monuments

Natural-Shaped Stone Monuments

Some cemeteries will allow natural-shaped stones as a monument, provided it is prepared correctly. Normally a face should be cut on the stone for the carving. At the very least, any loose material should be tooled off the stone prior to carving, ensuring a quality and long-lasting monument.

Natural-shaped stones have also been a popular option for cremations. Often, family members have no place to go and pay their respects, so they will create a memorial garden on their property that includes a natural-shaped stone monument.

Granite Choices

Academy Black Academy Black
Autumn Brown Autumn Brown
Colonial Rose Colonial Rose
India Black India Black
Mountain Red Mountain Red
Sierra White Sierra White
St Cloud Grey St Cloud Grey
Wausau Wausau
Georgia Gray Georgia Gray
Salsbury Pink Salisbury Pink
North American Pink North American Pink

Samples are for representation only. Actual stone may vary.

Silver Diamond, LLC is here to help you with this important decision. If you have questions about any of the above considerations, please give us a call at 208-454-2232.

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