Granite is a stone formed from fire and consists of quartz, feldspar and mica. Granites can be pink to gray in color, depending on their chemistry and mineralogy, and upon what region of the world the stone comes from. Granite is nearly always massive (lacking internal structures), hard and tough, and therefore it has gained widespread use as a construction stone. Its toughness and resistance to blistering, scratching, cracking and scorching makes it the most popular natural stone for consumer and commercial countertops. Polished granite, with its high gloss, reflects light and adds elegance to any room or space.
Granites are quarried throughout the world in the form of huge blocks and then reduced into slabs. These slabs are then carefully cut, crafted and fabricated by specialists. Granites have different patterns or veining which adds to the beauty of the stone.
Granites come from all over the world, with the top producing countries being: U.S.A, Brazil, India, Italy and China. Where the stone originates has a high impact on the cost of the stone because of transportation and labor. Red granites and blue granites tend to be priced a bit higher than the other colors because they are rarer.
Over the years, Brazil has become a top exporter of granite. In 2012, it was the top granite exporter to the United States. Brazilian granite offers all of the benefits of traditional granite, but can be even more textured and beautiful. Now, there are opportunities for companies of all sizes to buy Brazilian granite directly from the source. One means to do so is through B2Brazil.com, a comprehensive directory of Brazilian companies, including Brazilian granite producers and exporters. In selecting your exporter, you need to take great care to ensure that the granite slabs are without blemishes and are delivered without incident.