There are no prizes for guessing what absolute black granite looks like. Its stunning black bedrock is almost perfect in its uniform color. It is quarried in southern India and has a few other common industry names – Jet Black Granite, Nero Absolute Granite, and Telephone Black Granite. It is incredibly popular due to its unique flawless appearance and can fit in with a variety of kitchen décor types.
Lets take a deeper look into this incredible stone.
From afar this stone is pure black. There are no variations, no mineral deposits, and no imperfections that can be see. If you are looking for the blackest of the black granites – this is for you. It is so black it almost looks like soapstone!
As you get closer to the stone you are still really unable to see any variation in the slab until you are standing right next to it.
You are then able to see that there are actually very small grey mineral deposits that are littered throughout the stone. They range in color from light grey to dark grey in color. To be totally honest you usually cannot see these mineral deposits unless you are specifically looking for them.
In rooms with lots of natural light these white mineral deposits may be slightly more noticeable (but still nearly invisible), in darker rooms you will not be able to see them.
Absolute black granite has the lowest amount of variation between slabs that it is possible to have. Every slab will look literally almost identical – so you don’t even really need to see the slab before you purchase it (this is the only time you will ever hear us give this advice!)
Many people think this granite is prone to staining – when in fact the opposite is true. It is one of the most resistant stones out there, but this does not mean that it is without problems.
The dark polished black surface LOVES to pick up fingerprints. These can obviously be removed by simply wiping down your countertops, but you will spend a huge amount of time doing this. It is almost silly how many fingerprints these countertops can pick up.
Another issue that you may encounter with this granite is that some people create fake absolute black. These shady vendors are well aware of how popular this stone is and try to capitalize on its good name.
They will take dark grey granites, and stain or dye them to make them black. You can spot these slabs by the amount of white minerals that are present. The dye that is used to make these grey granites look black is quite easy to scratch off – and it will happen in the polishing process.
So if you see a slab that has a larger amount of white than normal – it is probably a fake.
How Much Does Absolute Black Granite Cost?
A 3 cm thick slab of absolute black granite will cost you around $50-$60 per square foot.
When absolute black granite countertops are combined with white kitchen cabinets the monochrome effect is outstanding. The dark deep and flawless black countertops look sleek and strong compared to the white of the cabinets. Despite its contemporary contrast it is reasonably easy to keep a vintage and traditional feel to your kitchen with this stone.
With dark cabinets absolute black almost takes a backseat. Its intense black simply accentuates the dark color of your cabinets and amplifies their tones. Making the cabinets more of a centerpiece than the countertops.
Do you have any of this awesome stone in your home? Any questions? Let us know in the comments section below!