Sunday, October 17, 2010

Slab Sunday: Vitoria Regia granite

Vitoria Regia is an amazing green granite that comes from a boulder quarry in Espirito Santo, Brazil.
The unique structure in this granite was formed while the minerals were in a liquid state. Slowly being cooled and with intense pressure, the minerals formed the circular lily pad design visible in the slabs. Due to its qualities, the slabs are book-matched, in which slab one and slab two will be cut and polished to create a mirror image of each other. These are then kept in sequence, which allows for a consistent flow in pattern.


Vitoria Regia is available in 2 cm and 3 cm slabs.

8 comments:

Julia said...

What an amazing granite!
I'm assuming it's expensive.

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Wow, Vitoria Regia is a fabulous granite. I've never seen anything like it -- it's so unusual, and really pretty :-)

Thanks for stopping by my new blog :-) I'm excited about venturing out on my own, and I hope our DT friends will become JAX does design regulars :-)

Kelly

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

I'm glad you like it ladies!
It's not the most popular stone....but greens never are. It's a beautiful focal point though.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for good stuff

laura said...

Hi Steph -- I'm currently in a dilemma and stumbled onto this site -- hope you can help -- I want vitoria regia as my island focal piece and something less expensive for the perimeter; my cabinets are honey colored -- what would you suggest? I like ubatuba, but my granite guy is trying to steer me away from it...

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

Laura-
Ubatuba would be fine, as long as the greens work well together.
Without knowing what else is going on in the room it's hard for me to give suggestions. I'd lean towards something more plain though so that the Vitoria Regia remains the focal point.
I'd look at a black granite (honed or polished) or a quartz.
Good luck!
Email me if you have any other questions.
stephanie@mgsbydesign.com

IanP said...

This stone is quite unusual. It's technical name is pillowed metabasite. It was originally a volcanic lava which flowed into water to form 'pillow' structures. Subsequent metamorphism has changed the rock minerals to chlorite-epidote-albite-quartz-hematite hence the green colours.

Anonymous said...

Hi Steph, I have just had Vitoria Regia installed as my new kitchen bench tops including island bench & entertaining bench, it truly is a amazing looking granite! But I feel they haven't polished it enough, when looking at it from a angle it looks dull in patches.Is this normal for this type of granite. I do pefer a more highly polished look..I previously had Ubu Tuba in our last house & loved it. Thanks Vanessa..

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