Emerald Pearl granite is an amazing metallic green stone that is soaring in popularity. Its stunning colors are becoming a favourite among homeowners – and it is easy to see why. This stone is quarried in southern Norway and does not have any other common names.
From afar this stone looks black overall. Its appearance is very uniform in its color. However you will be able to see little patches of light reflecting of off some of the minerals that we will describe below.
As you get closer to the stone you are able to see that the reasonably solid black color that you see from a distance has a range of different minerals and colors within it.
The bedrock of this stone is what gives it the overall black appearance. It is very uniform in its color and makes up between 40% and 50% of the stones surface area on average.
A wide range of lighter mineral deposits are scattered throughout the stone. They are slightly green in color, and can often appear to be grey. These mineral deposits can vary in size from very small up to about 10cm in diameter – but on average they will be 2cm to 4cm in diameter.
They are very frequent and can make up anywhere between 30% and 50% of the stones overall surface area. The vast range of tones of green and grey within these minerals ensure that this stone is as interesting as it is beautiful. They complement the pitch black bedrock perfectly and are a stunning addition to the stone.
The icing on the cake of this stone is certainly its famous metallic mineral deposits. These minerals are around 2cm to 4cm in diameter on average but can be as large as 8cm in diameter in places. They are a stunning silvery bluey grey color and love to sparkle and catch the light. They are also slightly pearlescent in places – which means as the light catches the stone from different angles you will be able to see a whole range of slightly different colors in them. A stunning effect that really makes this stone one of the most luxurious and exotic granites on the market.
There is a very low amount of variation between different slabs of this granite. So you can be pretty sure you will be getting a stone that looks like the one you have pictured in your mind. The amount and size of the pearlescent metallic minerals are the main thing that will vary. While all slabs will have a decent amount of these minerals – some very special slabs can have an abundance of them.
This granites overall appearance does not vary that much in rooms with different lighting conditions. Its overall appearance will remain dark and black regardless. However the more natural light the room has – the more chance the metallic minerals will have to reflect the light and sparkle with their pearlescent tones.
As it is a dark granite you will unfortunately notice crumbs, dirt, and fingerprints a little more than usual – and you will need to be doing a little more wiping down of your countertops than you are perhaps used to if you want to keep them looking fresh and clean. That being said this is a remarkably strong granite and with the proper care it will not stain or scratch particularly easily.
How Much Does Emerald Pearl Granite Cost?
Despite its luxurious appearance this is a low / mid-range stone. A 3cm thick slab of Emerald Pearl granite will cost you roughly $35 to $45 per square foot. A 2cm thick slab will cost you roughly $20 to $30 per square foot.
Emerald Pearl granite countertops look great with both white and dark cabinets. With lighter cabinets the deep black countertops contrast strongly and sharply with the cabinets – and the little reflections from the metallic minerals add a little sparkle and shine to the room.
With dark cabinets the overall effect is much more consistent and flowing. The countertops almost blend into the cabinets – again with a lovely shine and sparkle.
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