Astoria Granite is a stone quarried throughout India. It is also commonly called ivory chiffon, Kashmir crème granite, millennium cream granite and ivory cream granite.
Astoria granite is predominantly a creamy gold color which captures the eye from afar. This gold can range all the way from a slightly off white color – to a color that resembles wet sand.
It contains dark minerals that make up about 5% of the stones overall mass. This results in the creamy gold being mixed with darker brown spots and occasionally brown veins.
The creamy gold color upon closer inspection is actually infused with a light white color that comes from the quartz crystals that are present in the stone. This gives the appearance of a slight twinkle from afar which is a hallmark of this truly stunning stone.
There is quite a lot of variation within this type of granite. The dark brown veins can range in colour from only slightly darker than the golden bedrock – right through to almost black in color. The size and shape of these mineral deposits can also vary. Meaning some slabs of Astoria may have large brown veins that run the entire length of a slab. And others may just have slightly speckled dots all over.
When combined with the variation in color of the golden tones that make up the majority of this stone – there is quite a bit of difference between slabs. However generally slabs from the same quarry will be quite similar in mineral density and the golden color should be reasonably consistent when comparing stones from the same quarry.
Either way we highly recommend you view the actual slab you will be receiving before you purchase any Astoria granite. A picture online will do, but due to the intricate patterns and the quartz crystals – it is really better to see it in person if at all possible.
How much does Astoria granite cost?
Astoria granite is a mid-range granite and will cost you in the region of $40-$50 per square foot for a 3cm thick slab. And around $30-$35 per square foot for a 2cm thick slab.
Astoria granite will being a very warm and natural feel to a room. The shining quartz crystals will make the slab stand out and be instantly noticed by any visitor. It really is quite remarkable when polished to a high shine.
While Astoria granite is used in fireplaces, spashbacks, and even flooring tiles – it is without doubt most commonly used in the kitchen as countertops. When choosing a granite you need to be very careful about the color of your kitchen cabinets – as they will be the other predominant color in your room.
We recommend Astoria granite with cream cabinets as it really brings out the subtle brown minerals in the stone creating a very elegant and natural look. White cabinets will work just as well – however the overall effect is much more contemporary and clinical. Which is not always a bad thing if that is to your taste!
It works quite well with dark cabinets too – creating a very sophisticated and understated look – however in our opinion there are other granites in this price range that will look better with darker countertops
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