One of Earth’s three most common of rocks is Granite. It comes from the ground below in certain areas of the world, resulting from hot, fluid magma crystallizing the crust of the Earth. That substance, the magma, is either retained there, or it can be ousted as lava. That lava solidifies at various levels and mixes with other minerals from other origins. From this, a complexity of color patterns is created.
Depending on the different minerals involved, the process of cooling varies. Some minerals cool in seconds, and others can take months to cool. There are some minerals that can still be hot thousands of years later!
Granite is found in all continents around the world. It is obtained by use of drilling equipment that goes down into the ground at different depths and extracted in large chunks at quarries. The chunks can be ten yards square and split into smaller chunks called slabs. They are then transported to a facility where they are sawed into different sizes of slabs for various applications, somewhat like loafs of bread are sliced.
Each slab is polished with rotary buffers and water, then bundled up and shipped to granite yards in various parts of the world. As you shop these yards or any place you’re buying your granite, choose all the pieces from the same bundle so the characteristics of colors, movement and variation are the same, and they are contiguous.