This section provides a brief insight into origins of the material and two different types of manufacturing which may help you choose the most suitable option for decoration of the burial place.
Natural stone is a long-lasting material that excellently withstands the temperature shifts of our climate, frost and humidity. By treating the stone surface correctly and professionally, no chemicals are added to the stone, and such stone surfaces are particularly durable and will last for centuries. Stone extraction is popular world-wide – in Europe, Asia, America, Africa and elsewhere.
There is a misleading concept that the granite from, in our perspective, exotic countries is of poor quality. In these countries dishonest stone workers often commit a sin of adding chemical dye in the process of stone treatment thereby attaining a short-term effect of the desired color. Sometimes the dishonest manufacturers of these countries add chemicals during the polishing process that adds an enhanced metallic shine to the surface of the stone. Obviously these chemical effects are short-term as they evaporate under the influence of the atmosphere.
Granite extraction is performed at quarries, materials are divided into granite blocks of different sizes for transportation purposes, and the acquired stone blocks are then sawn into workpieces. In smaller amounts the stone is also available at sand and gravel quarries. Stone treatment can be divided into two different manufacturing processes - individual manufacture and industrial manufacture.
Industrial stone treatment is popular world-wide. The products are manufactured at large factories producing similarly shaped items in large quantities.
The production of industrially manufactured gravestones is a comparatively fast process, however, as these items are mass-produced, you may come across gravestones of the same shape and color in the cemetery.
The client may have limited opportunities of direct contact with the manufacturer, therefore it is advisable to learn the origin of the particular product, and you will need to contact the seller to inquire about the quality and warranty of the product.
Workshop that accepts custom orders creates a single unique product or a small quantity of such products. Individual manufacture is based on craftsmanship and manual labor. Craftsmanship has proved itself and continues to do so as the craftsmanship is a special way of production, and it is the oldest and still the most popular approach.
Individually produced gravestone is a single unique item. One-off production is a time consuming process, however, it allows for a variety of limitless solutions, which help to better reflect the personality of the deceased, honour them and tell their life story. The client is able to contact the manufacturer and, if needed, specify important details during the production process.