Sunday, August 5, 2012

Slab Sunday: Golden Ray granite

Golden Ray is quarried from a bedrock quarry in Brazil.
Golden Ray is a beautifully rich, vibrant and dramatic stone.  If you are looking for a "wow factor" in your kitchen, this granite will definitely provide it. 
I personally really like Golden Ray when it has a lot of the blacks and creams.  My favorite thing about this stone is sometimes it has huge chunks of quartz throughout the slabs, they are gorgeous!
As you can see from the photo above compared to the photo below...this granite changes dramatically from bundle to bundle, so be sure to pick out your exact slabs.
Photo: Bradford Granite
Photo: San Diego Granite
 Golden Ray slabs are resined during the polishing process to fill in any natural fissures, pits or cracks that are in the stone.  This does not affect the durability or maintenance of the stone, but you'll see and may feel areas of resin in this stone.  Some slabs will have more than others.
Photo: MGS by Design
Photo: MGS by Design
When using Golden Ray remember that it will be the focal point in the room.  Keep everything else pretty simple, you don't want it to fight with anything else.
Photo: Priceless Granite

Photo: Schumacher Tile & Stone
Photo: Washington Marble Works

Golden Ray is available in 2 cm and 3 cm slabs.


Red Bank Renovation said...

Wow! We actually picked out Golden Ray on Friday. We hadn't see it before and we loved it. Thanks for such a timely blog post.

Our outer cabinets are a creamy white with a brownish glaze and our island is Cherry with a similar glaze. The Golden Ray picked up those colors very nicely.

Do you have anymore info about the resin process? Will we still need to use sealer for maintenance?

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

I'm glad the post was such good timing for you!
It sounds like the Golden Ray will look beautiful with your cabinets.
The Marble Institute of America recommends that you don't need sealer if your slabs have been resined. I'd let your fabricator seal the countertops when they install. You may never need to seal them again. Use granite specific cleaners (I posted some recommendations here...
You'll notice if you ever need to seal them again. Usually you'll notice that the stone absorbs the water around your sink pretty quick.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks for reading!

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