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Granite comes in many colours and finishes. The finest quality, ebony black granites are quarried in India. They are dense in  colour and much harder, so when lightly tapped with a hammer, the sound is reflected back out of the granite producing a ‘ringing  sound’. Contrary to Indian granite Chinese granite is less dense so when tapped the sound is transmitted through the granite  generating a ‘thud’ sound. The density of granite also means that it takes a nicer polish and as it does not wear like some other  imported granites, it retains its shine and elegance.  
As China is in a very seismically active area and has had many  catastrophic earthquakes in its history, this has had an effect on the  quarries and much of the granite can be found with vents and cracks,  that could possibly lead to separation.  Technically not all black granites are truly granites, some are basalt.  Basalt is a hard, black or dark grey volcanic rock. Because it is a durable  lava rock, it can take a long time to polish to a shine and even then,  sometimes; it can be very difficult to get the correct finish. Some dealers  of Chinese granite apply oil or dye to the slabs to hide defects in the  granite and even use the oils to make basalt appear shiny. The resulting  effect thus being fading over time.  
Staining beginning to appear in the granite under bases (right)  As this is an interior grade granite, it does not wear well in  exterior conditions.  
This is why at Wyre Memorials we  use Terrazzo. A material that has  been tried and tested for many years 
Chinese granite stains because the granite is porous  and retains water. Abbey Grey, commonly known as Sea Grey, and Barley White are ‘high risk’ staining  granites.
Quality of Granite
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Quality of Granite