Memorials have been set on graves for generations. The headstone of choice has changed from being hand carved marble and sandstone, to Granite.
Granite headstones are longer lasting as the surface is highly resistant to weathering and it can be sculpted and carved into lifelike angels, cherubs, hearts flowers and almost any shape imagination will permit. Monumental masons will as a rule not recommend soft stone such as Oamaru stone Hinuera Stone and river rocks due to the variable weathering and unstable nature of much of this material. Councils and local bodies prefer granite headstones and almost always specify granite in their bylaws for upright memorials.
Headstone shop members would always recommend using hard stone only, for lasting memorials. Granite fits almost every definition required.
Where will you buy quality granite and hard stone carved headstones and memorials?
Throughout New Zealand is a chain of independent, highly trained and skilled monumental masons who operate HEADSTONE SHOP (s). Each monumental mason is an owner operator and is truly local. They know their local cemeteries, they know the local bylaws that affect monuments and memorials, they know the headstones that fit with local taste and tradition yet can create works of unparalleled originality.
Where better to buy a headstone or a memorial than your local HEADSTONE SHOP?
CARVING - Our source factory for carving has 350 specialised carvers to create flowers, trees, animals, fish, angels and fully life-like busts & statues.
COLOURS - We have a very large colour range with over 45 colours to choose from.
CREATIVITY - Our members have been creating unique designs for many years. We make any shape any size any colour that can physically be carved or is allowed by local by-laws.
DESIGNS - These are held collectively so we have New Zealand's widest range of memorials and these are being added to weekly.
GRANITE - Headstones are sourced direct from two of the world's larger factories and our co-operative buying power means better quality memorials.
KNOWLEDGE - Our staff know their local cemeteries & urupa, the customs and applicable regulations, which allow us to provide the best possible customer service in each area.
PRICE - Each Headstone Shop has a unique area and situation so we offer prices after a professional consultation with families.
QUALITY - Memorials purchased through any Headstone Shop member are guaranteed to be highest quality and are backed by years of knowledge, and regular training.