Friday, February 10, 2012

Rustic Elegance in Memorial Art

Emerson Monument Company recently placed a new monument on display!  This Georgia Gray double monument features a beautiful shell rock finish and shape carved roses- perfect for a couple that loved the rustic luxuries in life. This monument may also be dressed up with a round flower pot (seen on the left) or may have a more casual appearance with a square flower pot (seen on the right).

When I refer to a "shell rock border", I am referring to the rocky border surrounding the smooth (i.e. polished) face. The term "shape carved" refers to a method of carving in which we use a hand held sandblaster to artfully shape the flowers so that they look dimensional as opposed to the traditional flat carvings. Our mastercraftsman, Tony, has been shape carving at Emerson since the early 1980's and is the finest shape carver in the industry; you simply will not find art like his anywhere else.                                                                                          

Shape carved flowers, leaves and ivy not only look great with shell rock borders, but they also look nice on colored granites. In fact, if you look closely at the monuments on our website or on our display, you will notice that several of them feature beautiful shape carving that truly seems to bring the greenery to life.

Shell rock borders also look great on uniquely shaped monuments such as the ever-popular scallop shaped monument. The monument in the photo to the right is an Ebony Mist Scallop designed for two people. If you were to select this memorial, your sir name would be engraved toward the top while your name and date, as well as those of your companion, would be engraved in the scroll down below.

This single  monument features a shell rock broder surrounding the polished arrowhead shape. While the shell rock border does dress the arrowhead down a little, it also seems to add an element of texture and beauty to the shape. What a perfect monument for someone who loved archiology, Native American history or the outdoors.

I hope that you have found this post helpful in coming up with memorial ideas. As you can see, there are many simple but elegant components you may add to a granite memorial to truly make it different.

If you would like to begin designing a memorial or have some ideas that you would like to share, please contact Emerson Monument Company and a member of our staff will be glad to visit with you.

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