Black Pearl granite is a stunning grey and black stone with metallic silver mineral deposits. It is quarried in India and is commonly also known as silver pearl granite.
From afar this granite looks black or dark grey in color. Its overall appearance is reasonably uniform and no large patterns or mineral deposits are really visible. You are able to see that there is some intricate pattering – but you will not be able to make out the details.
When you get closer to the stone you are able to see the stunning combination of minerals that are present.
The bedrock of this stone is a deep dark black in color. It does not make up much of the stones overall surface area as it is hidden by the large quantities of minerals that are present. On average you can expect anywhere between 10% and 30% of the granites surface area to be visible bedrock.
A stunning grey mineral makes up the bulk of this stones mass. It’s reasonably uniform in its color and can range from a medium grey, to a slightly dark grey – however it can often have a slightly blue tinge to it.
These mineral deposits are usually small in their individual size and are around 0.5cm to 3cm in diameter on average. However they literally cover the granites surface and make up around 60% to 80% of the stone surface area.
Dotted around Black Pearl you will notice an array of stunning silver metallic minerals. These stunning little patches are usually around the same size as the grey minerals above. However they are no where near as frequent and only make up around 5% of the stones overall surface area. These silver pearl minerals look absolutely stunning when they catch the light and will create a very expensive and exotic feel to your countertops. These minerals are the reason for this stones alternative name, silver pearl granite.
Black pearl granite is a tough and durable stone and is not known to stain or scratch easily. Because it is a dark stone however it will show up dirt and fingerprints very easily. So be prepared to do a little more cleaning than usual.
Black pearl granite can look a little different in rooms that have different lighting conditions. While the stone will look black overall in any room – in rooms with lots of natural light the silver and grey minerals will be a little more noticeable than usual. The metallic silver pearl sections of the stone will obviously be given more light to reflect, and will therefore be much more noticeable.
In darker rooms the stone will take on a much deeper tone than usual. The light grey / silver mineral deposits will be hidden slightly by the darkness and the stone will appear a bit more black than grey. And obviously the silver minerals will not be given a chance to shine as much.
These silver pearl minerals are one of the main things that attracts people to this stone – so if you have a dark kitchen, you may wish to consider additional lighting options to get the most out of your investment.
This granite is said to have a low level of variation. This means that no matter what it is called, black or silver pearl granite – you can be sure of what your slab will look like. Always ask to see your slab before buying it, but with a granite that has a consistent appearance like this one – a photograph will usually suffice.
How Much Does Black Pearl Granite Cost?
This stone is a mid-range granite. A 3cm thick slab of black pearl granite will cost you roughly $40 to $50 per square foot. A 2cm thick will cost roughly $25 to $35 per square foot.
The great thing about this stone is that it has so many different uses. In splashbacks or countertops – you can probably fit this stone into your kitchens existing décor.
The stunning contrast with white kitchen cabinets is a strong and bold effect. The silver pearl minerals that are present in the stone ensure that it is not too monotone and “plain” – they add a much needed sparkle into the contrasting colors.
The same can be said about the silver minerals when you combine these countertops with dark cabinets. The dark bedrock and grey minerals blend in with the dark cabinets, and the silver minerals bring a little bit of life and interest to the mix.
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