Cemetery Regulations and Restrictions
Most cemeteries have rules and guidelines that dictate the style, size color, finish, etc. for monuments. It is a good idea for you to contact a representative of the cemetery to inquire.
Most common colors are gray (Barre), Mountain Rose (also known as North American Pink), Canadian Pink, Mahogany and Impala Black. These come from the U.S. and Canada. Jet Black and India Red are very popular as well as Paradisio, N.H. Red, and India Impala. These are shipped from Africa, and India. When selecting the granite color consider the contrast between the polished stone and the letters and carving that are sandblasted into it.
These are photographs or drawings that have been hand etched into the polish of a monument. They are ideal for portraits of people and animals. An etching can also be used for flowers and other images when great detail is desired. Etchings should only be done on darker granites, otherwise, it does not show enough contrast and is hard to see.