One of the best kept secrets in the world of granite is Peacock Green – AKA Verde Peacock granite. It is occasionally called Verde Pavao, Peafowl Green, Or Furong Green
It is quite commonly overlooked – We really think its underuse in the home (as worktops or flooring) is a bit of a shame as it is really quite a beautiful stone, and certainly deserves a lot more attention. Let’s learn a little more about what makes this one of our favorite granites out there.
Peacock Green is quarried in several quarries located in the Espirito Santo region of, Brazil. The majority of the quarries in this region produce the standard granite that we love here at Pats Color. But… Very occasionally, rare slabs are unearthed of the stunning “Peacock Green Light”.
What does it look like?
Peacock Green is predominantly a very dark grey – almost black stone as a whole. Its characteristic subtle earthy green color comes from the overwhelming amount of green Microcline minerals that make up the majority of the stones mineral content.
This stunning green is offset by the golden tones of the mineral Plagioclase. This shiny mineral has brilliant golden tones that are not too overpowering and have a very natural and understated feel to them.
What makes this stone so interesting is that a sizable about of white quartz was also present when the stone was formed millions of years ago by natural geological processes. This added quartz really gives the granite a brilliant sparkle and shine from a distance.
Without this quartz the stone would be quite bland to be totally honest – but luckily quartz makes up about a quarter of the mineral content of this stone, with (as we hope you will agree) stunning results.
This granite is actually incredibly uniform in terms of its mineral density throughout the various quarries. Compared to many other types of granite its appearance is usually incredibly uniform and as such you can be pretty confident on how your slab will look compared to generic pictures you may see online.
The only way peacock green light differs from the standard stone is that it has a higher amount of the mineral Microcline. This makes the stone more light green than black which can be used to dramatic effect.
How Much Does Peacock Green Granite Cost?
This is one of the reasons we LOVE this stone so much… It is very, very cheap. A 3cm thick slab of peacock green granite will cost you around $40-$50 per square foot. This is a pretty standard price, and as there are very little variations in the mineral patterns in this stone you should really not be paying any more than this. You can pick up 2cm thick slabs for around $35-$40 per square foot.
The main reason for its low cost is its unusually low popularity. So now is the perfect time to buy!
Peacock green light however is a much rarer stone and you will be looking paying in the region of $65 per square foot for 3cm thick slabs – which is still a bargain for such a stunning material.
Where Can It Be Used
Verde peacock granite is as tough as any other and can be safely used in outdoor applications. It will not distort, crack, or discolor with extreme heat or freezing cold temperatures. Infact one of its main uses is in tombstones which are obviously exposed to all types of weather (but don’t let this put you off using it in the kitchen!)
What does it look good with?
Without doubt peacock green worktops look best when paired with natural wood stained cabinets. The earthy golden tones will blend well with the stained wood. When this is combined the dark black of the stone it creates a very dramatic effect. (But just before the appearance becomes too serious and moody, the sparkling quartz brings a very exciting brightness back into the room!)
The darker your cabinets the more dramatic the worktop will make your room. This does not mean that darker is better – it’s just a very different look.
In our opinion this stone does not really do too well when combined with painted cabinets, it has far too much of a natural look to it and is not really to our tastes. (But hey it’s your kitchen! If you like it go for it!)
So there you have it – possibly the worlds most underrated granite. Do you have any of this wonderful stone in your home? What do you think about it? Do you think it looks terrible? Let us know in the comments section below!