New Venetian Gold granite is a stone that needs no introduction and is renowned for its stunning creamy golden tones. It is quarried in Brazil and is occasionally called just “Venetian Gold” granite. Let’s take a look at what makes this stone so popular.
From afar this stunning stone has an overall creamy gold appearance. There will usually not be any large mineral deposits visible from this distance and the overall effect will be a quite uniform color that appears to be slightly mottled.
Upon closer inspection however a whole range of colors and minerals are present that make up this granites characteristic appearance.
The bedrock of the stone is what gives it its overall golden color. Its color can vary slightly and will range from a light creamy color through to a true golden color. The bedrock makes up most of this stones mass and will on average cover anywhere between 60% and 80% of a slabs surface area.
Dotted around the bedrock are stunning little deposits of white quartz. These little deposits are usually between 2cm and 4cm in diameter but can be as large as 6cm in diameter in places. They blend in with the creamy bedrock perfectly and give the stone an elegant sparkle and shine making your countertops feel very luxurious. On average these white quartz deposits can make up anywhere between 5% and 15% of the stones surface area.
There are an abundance of black minerals present in the stone too. These little black minerals contrast against the cream and white colors to create a stunning effect. They are usually found in small isolated “islands” but can also be found in small vein like structures too. The black minerals will make up around 10% to 15% of the stones surface area.
Grey minerals will also be present in all slabs. They can range in color from a very light grey that is almost white – through to a medium grey in color. They are less common than the white quartz and will make up between 5% and 10% of a stones mass on average. These awesome little minerals help the white black and cream tie together to create a flowing feel to the stone – despite containing some highly contrasting colors.
And finally the little cherry on top – the stunning red minerals. These little red minerals are usually a burgundy color but can occasionally be found in slightly lighter colors. They are the rarest of all the minerals in New Venetian Gold and will make up less than 5% of the stones overall surface area. They add a little splash of color into the neutral colors of the stone – simply awesome.
There is said to be a medium amount of variation within New Venetian gold Granite. The amount of grey and black minerals that are present is usually the main factor that varies in-between slabs. This can result in some slabs looking slightly darker and more mottled / patterned than others.
While we love both extremes and everything inbetween – be sure you check your slab before you commit to having it made into countertops / backsplashes / flooring etc. etc.
This granite is super strong and super durable. It is not commonly known to stain easily and can withstand many years of careful usage. Its light color and patterned appearance will hide fingerprints and dirt reasonably well – which means less cleaning compared to darker granites (always a good thing right!)
You may notice that this granite looks different in rooms that have different lighting conditions. Despite the stones overall appearance obviously looking darker in a darker room – the main thing that will vary is the little red minerals. In darker rooms they will seem almost black or brown – which is a shame as they are really a stunning little addition to the stone. So we recommend that this granite is used in rooms with lots of natural light to get the full effect – or at least invest in additional lighting if you have a dark kitchen.
How Much Does New Venetian Gold Granite Cost?
This is a mid-range granite. For a 3cm thick slab of New Venetian Gold granite you will pay roughly $30 to $40 per square foot. A 2cm thick slab will cost you in the region of $20 to $25 per square foot.
The great thing about this granite is that it seems to blend in with all types of kitchen décor.
For example. When you combine New Venetian Gold countertops with dark cabinets you would perhaps expect the difference in color between the countertops and the wooden cabinets to be quite a strong and stark contrast – as they are obviously very different shades. While there is a slight contrast. The black and grey minerals soften the contrast creating the illusion of a much more complementary and flowing kitchen.
With white cabinets the room will feel even more flowing as the cabinets color and granites color are naturally complementary. They are slightly understated here but still provide an elegant and interesting accentuation to your white cabinets.
We love New Venetian Gold countertops when they are combined with natural wood stained cabinets. The earthy creamy tones of the countertops blend in perfectly with the light brown tones of the cabinets. The overall effect is an almost seamless transition from cabinet to countertop – which creates a very natural, inviting, and homely feel to the kitchen (while keeping a great feeling of luxury). A truly stunning combination.
But don’t resign this granite to be just used in countertops! When you use New Venetian gold Granite as a splashback the awesome effect it creates cannot be underestimated. The stunning elegant patterns of the stone look great at eyelevel and massively increase the sense of luxury in a kitchen for a minimal additional cost.
A couple of other great granites that are similar to this one are Colonial Cream granite, Giallo Ornamental granite, and Golden Beach granite – be sure to take a look at them before you make a decision.
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