We had a GRANITE discussion, in here, a while back and I just received
a very informative email.
I thought I'd share that with you guys.
firstname.lastname@example.org to me
show details Dec 28 (2 days ago)
Interesting to follow your discussions re. granite. First of all, the
Blue Pearl is not a granite. It is a syenite. But that actually makes
it even better as a kitchentop. It is always referred to as a granite
because the usage has been the same for at least a century.
Our company runs a couple of Blue Pearl quarries in Norway. We supply
the raw block to traders or company that cut, polish or in any other
way makes this stone into a monument, kitchentop tile or whatever.
I've read some complains re. the price.... did you know that of every
100 tons we cut out of the mountain 5 tons only is to be used? So a
blue pearl block is really not a raw material but a lot of drilling,
handling, guessing and testing even before it gets close to somebody
cutting it into a kitchentop.
Anyway, there is a lot of confusion with the names here. First of all.
All material from the are around the city of Larvik, Norway is called
Larvikite. So Blue Pearl is a Larvikite. Secondly each company
quarrying the material has their own brands. So... real Blue Pearl is
only quarried in Tvedalen (aka Tveidalen) west of Larvik. (Our
webpages www.johs-nilsen.no has a google map and pictures from the
quarry as well). Then you have the Emerald Pearl wich is darker from
the other side of town. Then the Silver Pearl wich is much lighter
material and considered not so exclusive. Its easier and a lot cheaper
I read that one had the Blue Pearl GT. The GT is only short for AS
Granit (quarryname). But this quarry has done much better in branding
their name than most other. Us included. Our brand is Blue Pearl NC
(short for Nilsen Company).
Within each quarry the color can vary a lot. The darker the better and
more exclusive. Our quarries is located in the best area and has more
of the best (GT) than any other Blue Pearl quarry. I honestly believe
We've had kitchentops in Blue Pearl for years and I have never used
any sealing or treated them in any way. Please suggest anything and I
will try it in our workshop to see if we can create any stains. Would
be great fun to me !
Good luck to all of you, and let me know if there is anything I can