Virginia Mist granite is one of those stones that looks exactly like it sounds. However despite its name it is quarried in Canada. It is also occasionally called jet mist granite, and American black granite and as you will see – has a very distinctive appearance.
It’s a great stone for kitchen countertops – lets learn a little more about what it looks like and what kind of décor it can complement.
Virginia Mist is a dark stone that is made from a black bedrock. From afar Virginia Mist granite looks almost completely black – almost like slate or soapstone. Its characteristic mist like features are not really visible from a distance and the stone looks very clean and monotone.
As you get slightly closer to the countertops the intricate patterns and mist like swirls become apparent. They vary in intensity from barley visible and translucent – to dense and almost opaque in color / density.
These white swirls generally cover most of the stone and can occasionally come in long thin veins which are most opaque than the rest of the “mist”. This gives the mist a great contrast within itself.
As you get closer to the stone will see that in fact the white minerals that make up the mist cover the entire slab. They just vary in intensity.
The light conditions in a room play a large part in how Virginia mist granite will look. The darker the room – the less visible the white swirls will be and the granite may just look like it is plain black until you get quite close.
There is no denying that this a superbly unique granite that looks like no other. It has a low amount of variation within the stone – and ignoring the occasional long vein of concentrated white minerals each slab will look reasonably similar.
However many people like to be specific about the swirls of the mist that they get – so make sure you inspect the slab in person if you are quite particular about this. Pictures will probably not provide you with enough detail.
How Much Does Virginia Mist Granite Cost?
Virginia Mist is a premium granite and will cost you in the region of $70 per square foot for a 3cm thick slab. A 2cm thick slab will cost around $60 per square foot.
The distinctive look of this stone really transforms a kitchen. The mist swirls will have your visitors swooning over its beauty – especially as they are not always visible when viewed from afar, they make quite a nice surprise!
It can be utilized in both a contemporary and a vintage style home to good effect. The black and white patterns can contrast and compliment white kitchen cabinets to create a modern feel to a room.
Or they can be combined with light wood cabinets which can really soften the feel of a room – strange for a granite!
Either way we think this is a great stone worthy of anyone’s appreciation. Leave a comment in the section below!