you can design how your memorial looks!
With laser etching or sandblasting, we can use practically any design you can dream up.
Choose how many sides of your memorial are polished smooth or rough rock pitch style.
Typically, flush & bevel stones have the top polished (P1) as a standard, with either sawn or rock pitched sides.
The standard for a slant is the front side polished (P1), with a sawn back and bottom, and rough sides.
The standard for upright monuments is the front and back side polished (P2), and the base with Polished Top (PT).
Additional sides may be polished for additional costs, depending on the granite color.
Choose a two-dimensional Flat Carve or a three-dimensional Shape Carve. Standard pricing is for a flat carve.
Shaped carving is typically done only with floral elements.
Font and Letter Carving Styles
Choose which letter font you want to use from traditional choices like Times Roman or more modern fonts like Vermarco. Or choose an elegant script, or even Old English. Then choose what kind of engraving cut for the lettering, such as V-Sunk, U-Sunk, Shallow Sunk, or Polished Raised. And choose if letters are frosted, polished inlaid, raised, or edge, or shadow bar. Different effects may have additional costs.
Panels and Artwork
Choose a panel design where the wording and dates will go. This gives a good contrast to the granite to make the pictures more viewable and words more readable. Usually you start with a simple rectangle, and add in words and art, but there are different shapes and sizes you can do.
Emblems and Ribbons
You can add ribbon effects to your memorial with or without text. Add personal emblems that reflect the person you are memorializing. These can be such things as military emblems, floral emblems, religious symbols, pets, hearts, and even full scenes.
Name and Date Format
The most common formats are year only (2018); abbreviated month/day/year (Feb. 28, 2018); full month/day/year (February 28, 2018); or number format (2/28/2018). There is no right or wrong, just a personal preference, but less characters take up less room, more characters take up more room. Also, if a person is still living and has a stone installed, any “future dates” are not included in pricing, so keep in mind the more letters needed later, the higher the “future cost” will be.
Verses, Phrases & Epitaphs
An epitaph is a short inscription in prose or verse on a tombstone or monument in memory of the one buried there. Some people use short phrases or Bible verses to put in words an honoring memory of their loved one. Such phrases as “Forever in our Hearts” and “Beloved Mother and Grandmother” are common.
Photos and Pictures
You can add your own personal photos and pictures to your memorial. There are different ways to do this from laser etching to attaching porcelain portraits. Honor your loved ones with a representation of what they looked like as well.