Granite cobblestone or cobblestone pavers, (also called cobblestone setts and Belgium Block) are the most common type of cobblestone used for driveways and walkways.
Granite is quarried in many areas of North America as well as worldwide. Granite is an igneous rock that forms when magma cools slowly beneath the earth’s surface, forming large, easily visible crystals of quartz, feldspar, and mica.
Scientifically, igneous rock must contain between 10% and 50% quartz to be classified as granite, but other similar stones such as gabbro, diabase, anorthosite, sodalite, gneiss, and basalt are sometimes sold as “granite” commercially. It is one of the hardest/dense geological stone types known.
What about color? It’s the most common question we are asked. The usual color variation of typical granite cobblestone is gray, speckled black/white and pink. Most clients call us looking for antique granite cobblestone, and are excited to find the color of our cobblestone (granite or sandstone) is extremely UNIQUE.
Historic European Cobblestone is reclaimed granite cobblestone unlike many antique granite cobblestone varieties. The natural color range of authentic reclaimed granite cobblestone from our Historic European Cobblestone collection is anything but typical! These well worn beauties have variations of gray, green, rust and earth tones. The granite extracted from European stone deposits, creates a variation of gray, gray-burgundy and earthy tones, with less obvious crystallization’s. In addition, the 100-400 year old aged and worn surface of the stones leave a beautiful, authentic aged patina which is unlike anything newly quarried.