Emerald Pearl granite is an increasingly popular choice among kitchen and bathroom designers worldwide. A green granite slab, it is embedded with deep dark blue crystals and speckled with grey and black.
Also known as larvakite or laurvakite, This granite slab was named for the Norwegian Larvik fjord where it was discovered in the late nineteenth century, and is currently mined in both Larvik and Klaastad in Norway. The granite also goes by the names Blue Pearl, Blue fjord, Blue granite, Blue pearl granite, Blue antique, Black moonstone, and Birds eye granite.
The interesting history of this granite begins in the 1890s. Worlds Fair organizers in Germany wished to incorporate an international architectural exhibit. The exhibit was to include decorative stone from each country participating in the Worlds Fair. The stones would then be judged by a number of architecture experts.
The Norwegian fair committee asked one Dr. Waldemar Christofer Brogger to come up with a second stone. Upon hearing this, Dr. Brogger immediately suggested a stone a rock he said he thought winked at him as he rode along the Larvik Fjord. A slab was prepared and displayed at the worlds fair, where it took top honors.
When used in cabinets and vanities, the beauty of this stone is enhanced by metal and glass. In correct lighting situations, the reflective details of the slab are revealed. And with a nutmeg stain, this type of granite can highlight the subtleties of color in your kitchen. When under cabinet lighting is allowed to reflect of the granite, the effect is remarkable. Also, it works well dark or naturally stained maple.
Emerald granite slab has many commercial uses. It can be used effectively with a variety of wall colors. This is why businesses worldwide are using Emerald slabs to add luster to their floors and stairs, restrooms, and counters. Combined with colors that accentuate countertops and cabinets, Emerald slab provides a stunning and unique look. For more contemporary applications, pair this with gray colors to provide a striking contrast. A Glidden Visualizer is a great way to try out different color combinations.
Be sure not to ignore the backsplash. The area between the top of the counter and the bottom of the cabinets is called the backsplash. Usually, backsplashes range from 6 inches to 19 inches in height. They can be made out of metal, colored tile, or the same material as the emerald pearl countertop. Using a material that complements the granite slab is a great way to enhance the appearance of the countertop. Many kitchen designers make creative use of tile in backsplash areas to add an artistic impact. Mosaic Tiles, Decorative Ceramic Tiles, and Custom Tiles offer wide range of patterns from which designers might choose.