Shaded Ornamentation

On darker colour granites a form of ornamentation known as Van Dyne is possible. This makes use of granite’s natural tendency to appear pale when rough and dark when smooth. Using specialist blasting and engraving equipment our craftsman, who has specialised in this field for many years, can create the sort of work you see pictured here.

The darker the granite, the more clearly this work shows up, making black granite the ideal material for this purpose. Good results can, however, be achieved in dark grey granite, although the design may need to be a little less intricate. The smaller it is the more this applies.

Please bear in mind that when granite becomes wet, for example in the rain, it becomes smoother and darker on the engraved parts of the ornament, meaning much of its clarity is temporarily lost.