From ordering to production, these are some helpful tips on choosing a stone for your monument. Granite monuments come in a plethra of shapes and sizes as well as a variety of colors. So how do you know what will work for you?

Step 1.

Consider End Use. It may seem elementary but depending on the use of your stone you may be limited in what you can get. for example if you are looking into buying a headstone or gravestone, you may be limited by your cemetery’s regulations as to which color and size you are allowed. In this case it is always best to brush up on regulations at your local cemetery. Likewise, if you are a business looking for signage you must take into consideration the size necessary to ensure readability.

Step 2.

Choose Color. Different types of granite have different densities and colors. These factors will affect what kind of designs can be put on the stone. Jet Black and Gem Mist are two colors that are primarily used for custom etchings due to their dark colors. However, Gem Mist has a different density and color pattern than the Jet Black( pure black) and doesn’t allow for certain types of etchings to show up as well even though it is a beautiful color stone. Some other colors of stone include: Royal Grey, Mahogany, and Mountain Rose. (Check out Patten’s granite colors.)

Step 3.

Deadline. A lot of people don’t realize that it takes time to order and ship a stone and put it through the design process. Start planning your stone ahead of the time you would like it finished. Standard production can take 6 – 8 weeks and custom orders depending on what area of the world it is quaried can take up to 4 months for shipping.


So keep these factors in mind next time your thinking about a monument or headstone and contact Patten’s for more questions and concerns.