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Designing A Beautiful Custom Headstone Memorial

  • Hendrickson Custom Upright Headstone

A custom headstone is something that can only be built and developed for someone who lived a full life with an equally amazing story to tell. The physical custom headstone can be composed of many granite types, shapes, and polishes. 

The granite we use to design your custom headstone is of the highest quality and will be sourced from quarries all over the world. With such an exotic granite selection, we can achieve some really awe-inspiring shapes and memorial designs. 

Being a natural product, and one that was literally carved from this earth means that each piece of granite we design for you will have its own unique spots and grain. This only adds to the uniqueness of each piece and the overall memorial.

At Santa Barbara Monumental, we pride ourselves on delivering a one-of-a-kind custom gravestone that you will be able to look upon with fond memories of your loved one. 

In this article, we are going to cover how each piece of granite that comes through our shop is one of a kind. How the shape can tell as much of the story as the letters, and finally, what mix and matching granite colors can do for the overall design.

Table of Contents

  • Custom Headstone Shape
  • Mixing and Matching Granite Colors
  • One of a kind granite samples best used in custom headstone design
  • Baro Angel Statue Memorial
  • Tran Pillar Upright Memorial
  • Pfleiderer Angel Custom Upright Headstone
  • Stasell Dolphin Upright Headstone

What Shape Can Do In Designing A Memorial

  • Kessler Custom Upright Monument

The shape of a memorial can be uniform, like many of the common headstones you might see at the cemetery. Strong square edges and a big bold font to etch your loved one’s name with. It is only in looking at the most custom of headstones that we begin to see custom shapes carved in, or even carved out as you can see in the tree upright memorial for Mr. Kessler here. 

Each one of those leaves is hand-carved by our artisan memorialists, all from the original vision of the initial design drawing. In Mr. Kessler’s case, he was very fond of resting beneath the mighty coastal redwoods in the Big Sur area just north of our studio here in Santa Barbara, thus his name and story also rest beneath the overhanging foliage. 

Another way to aid in customizing using shaping is to go completely different than the memorials around your plot and incorporate a way for viewers of the memorial to sit, and also rest near their loved ones. 

Here you can see how the Eiler Family decided to honor their very supportive parents with a long granite memorial bench. The rocky supports are meant to symbolize the “rock-solid support” that those memorialized gave to the rest of their family.

Overall, a touching tribute for those lost, but never forgotten for their hard work and loyalty to the Eiler Family. 

  • Eiler Custom Memorial Bench

Mixing and Matching Granite Types For Custom Headstones

Parisi Companion Upright Gravestone - Custom Headstone

Mixing and Matching Granite colors can really aide in memorializing 2 or more people with very different backgrounds or tastes. 

For the Parisi Family (pictured) they wanted to encompass Nick’s love of clean polished lines and order, and Landa’s love of roses and the color red. 

The memorial also features their respective photos of them living their best lives. Using red, black, and “white” or gray granites allowed the Parisi Family to design the perfect memorial. 

Using different granite colors and shapes also allows your loved one’s memorial to stand out above all else. As seen here with the Tran Family Memorial, the high arching pagoda top is the link between all of the family members memorialized below. 

The true beauty of this design is the fact that although connected by the family name of Tran, each family member has their own story to tell and thus their own pillar. 

  • Tran Pillar Upright Memorial

Granite Colors Best Used in Designing Custom Headstones

  • Emerald Pearl Granite

    Emerald Pearl Granite

  • Bahama Blue Granite Color

    Bahama Blue Granite

  • Black Granite Color

    Jet Black Granite

  • Blue Pearl Granite Color

    Blue Pearl Granite

  • Carnelian Granite Color

    Mahogany Granite

  • Sira Gray Granite

    Select Gray Granite

  • Morning Rose Granite Color

    Morning Rose Granite

  • Rainbow Granite Color

    Rainbow Granite

  • Regal Black Granite Color

    Regal Black Granite

  • Sedona Pink Granite Color

    Sedona Pink Granite

  • Sentinel Red Granite Color

    Sentinel Red Granite

  • White Marble Color

    White Marble

Finding a Custom Headstone Designer Near You

Now that you have reviewed your color options, design ideas, and even the price range of your loved one’s slanted headstone, it’s time to set an appointment with our Artisan Memorialist Jed Hendrickson. He and his Santa Barbara Monumental Team will engrave your loved one’s story and make that engraving last for generations to come. 

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