Golden crystal granite is a rather spectacular stone. Also known as Golden Gray granite, it is quarried in Northern Brazil and is loved for its characteristic colors and swirling patterns.
As the name suggests it is a predominantly golden stone. It creates a feeling of warmth and luxuriousness throughout any room.
The bedrock of where this granite was formed was originally a brilliant white millions of years ago. Throughout the years iron oxide has seeped into the stone and oxidized (rusted). This turned the base color of this stone to a slightly off white / creamy color.
The creamy background is offset by its characteristic golden color veins. This again is iron oxide. What you are actually looking at in the mesmerizing swirling patterns in the stone is the route the liquid minerals took through the stone over millions of years.
There are finally usually specks of a black mineral that are dotted all over the stone in varying levels of saturation – which are usually not all that visible from a distance.
You will get a reasonable amount of variation within golden crystal. The amount of black specks and its creamy base color are usually quite uniform. The main variation comes with the amount of iron oxide golden veins in the stone – and their shape / size.
Golden Crystal Granite Slab Prices
This stone is quarried in reasonable amounts, but is also in an equally reasonable amount of demand. Which makes this stone a mid range option.
A 3cm thick Slab of golden crystal granite will cost you around $35-$45 per square foot. And a 2cm thick slab will cost around $30 per square foot.
Golden Crystal granite can be used indoors or outdoors, and can adapt to both cold and warm climates and like all granites – its main use is in the kitchen – specifically countertops and backsplashes.
The most important thing with this granite is to use it with a neutral color wallpaper or paint. It has a very natural and distinctive color which does not always go well with strongly colored walls. This is obviously just a rule of thumb – and many professional designers can make this stone work with a range of wall colors. But we like to keep things simple here – so unless you know what you are doing, neutral is best!
Its warm golden tones are always polished and never brushed. They can be used to create a variety of different feelings in a room. For example when you combine golden crystal granite countertops with white cabinets you can get a very homely and almost country house feel to your room.
Combine it with dark cabinets however and you instantly get a professional, dark, and serious feel – suited to bachelor pads perhaps.
Do you have any of this awesome granite in your home? What color cabinets did you combine it with? Let us know in the comments section below!