Venetian ice is a granite that needs no introduction. It’s amazing patterns are renowned all over the world for being some of the most delicate yet striking.
Despite its name suggesting Italian origins – the stone quarried in Brazil since the 1990’s – unlike many other types of granite Venetian ice has no other common names.
It is a stone that is characterized by its beautiful golden color, from afar this warm yellow / golden hue is the main color that is visible and is very striking indeed. However as you get closer to the slab you will begin to see that the gold is actually only making up about 60% of the overall color of the slab.
It is intertwined with a vast amount of white minerals that can vary from ice / pure white – all the way up to cream in color. They add a lightness to the stone and ensure it is on the brighter end of the golden color spectrum overall.
This amazing white and gold combination is then accentuated by brown minerals which can range In color from an almost mocha / chocolate brown to a dark deep brown and even burgundy. They make up about 10% of the stones mass.
Dotted all over the stone you will find there are numerous black or dark red spots which really complement the other golden and white colors amazingly well. It is almost like this stone has been designed by a designer. However it has not – and natural geological process over millions of years have produced this amazing combination. As such this stone is reasonably susceptible to variations in color density.
The main color variants within different slabs of Venetian ice granite are the amount and and density of the white and golden minerals. The white minerals can sometimes be in large patches (which lightens the overall effect – even from afar) and this is something to watch out for if you want the “classic” Venetian ice.
How much does Venetian ice granite cost?
Venetian Ice is a mid-range granite and is produced in average quantities every year. For a 3cm thick slab of Venetian ice you will pay in the region of $35-$45 per square foot. For a 2cm thick slab $20-$30 per square foot would be in the right ballpark.
Its natural golden color creates a very warm feeling to a room – which is unusual for something as hard and “cold” as granite. It is almost exclusively used in kitchen counter tops and islands – and occasionally fireplaces.
It works very well with white cabinets and dark cabinets – creating the same warm feel each time.