Size, color and finish are the major components of
memorial cost. Unusual
shapes as well as fully polished stones or relatively rare colors tend
to be more expensive. Click labels below memorial to learn more.
and vertical monuments must have a base, while for slant monuments the base
is optional. The base is a substantial part of the monumentís overall size but
equally a substantial part of its beauty. Like the die, the base can be fully
polished, rough cut or steeled.
die, which is the main part of the monument, can have various shapes, for example,
rectangular, oval, heart-shaped, or a cross. The die can be polished, rough
cut or steeled. The top of the die can also have various shapes, such as, straight,
curved or serpentine.
graphic elements on the face
of the stone, except for the lettering, are collectively referred to as design.
These elements include panels, lines, carvings and etchings. Deep
carvings are more costly than shaped or flat carvings, but add great
impact. Some design elements, such as etchings, work best on dark color stones.