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Interesting facts about granite you probably didn’t know

Interesting facts about granite you probably didn’t know

Granite, due to its special characteristics, is one of the rock types most used in architecture, decoration, construction, and of course, sculpture. This is because, on top of being extremely beautiful, its composition makes it very resistant to possible scratches and stains. Here are some interesting facts about granite we bet you didn’t know. Let’s get started!

  1. It’s the main component of the external and most solid layer of our planet, best known as the Earth’s crust.
  2. It’s one of the hardest and most resistant materials in the world. Only diamonds are harder.
  3. It delights so many sculptors and architects because the pattern and colour of each granite stone is unique. Every slab has different formations and compositions, allowing for thousands and thousands of variations.
  4. It’s a natural stone formed from volcanic magma. It’s precisely for this reason that it is so resistant, withstanding temperatures of around 100 º
  5. Though it is frequently found in nature in white, grey or yellow; blue and red and are the colours of granite that are the hardest to find in the world, which is why production in those colours is very limited.
  1. Granite was first used by the Egyptians for the construction of their unique temples and obelisks.
  2. Spain has the largest building made of granite in the world: the San Lorenzo Monastery of El Escorial in Madrid.
  3. The United States, specifically North Carolina, has the largest open-faced granite quarry in the world. It’s called Mount Airy.
  4. Granite is a renewable resource and is considered an ecological product since it doesn’t emit harmful gases and doesn’t contain chemical products. Also, its extraction and production processes are becoming more and more sustainable.

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Did you already know all this about granite? If you know anything else, don’t hesitate to share it with us. And if you are interested in using it for your sculptures or constructions, at Rock&Tools we have extensive experience selling tools for working with stone. If you have any questions, get in touch with us for advice. Join our community! Follow us here, on our Art Space and on our social media.

Last modified on: January 11, 2022

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