Natural Stone headstones are hard, durable naturally weathered rock. They are used either in their natural state with a small recess cut to fit a plaque (bronze or granite) or a ceramic panel, or with one face cut and polished with with words incised/embossed directly into the stone.
Many customers ask if we can use a river rock or stone from a special location for a headstone. The answer to this is often yes, but it will need to fit the criteria. Memorials need to be solid stone that will endure and not fracture under stress. In addition, the rock has to be of the correct dimensions to fit with local council regulations for cemeteries, has to be of the right shape and height to carry a suitable plaque.
Basalt and Andesite, formed by volcanic activity, are usually most suitable as they are the most durable. Some limestones can be suitable but it is relatively soft.
Sourced from areas in the upper half of the north island where they have lain undisturbed for thousands of years. Natural rocks are just that – natural – they are often buried or half buried in fields or bush and have to be excavated.
If you do have rock that you wish to use, please note that we will need to inspect it before we provide a quote.