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Jan 08, 2021      < Back to blog menu

A Stone Sign Guide

WHICH MATERIAL IS BEST FOR A PET MEMORIAL?

It’s never easy to experience the loss of a beloved pet, but finding a way to memorialise your departed friend can be a great comfort. Custom pet memorials are increasingly popular methods of honouring a departed pet, but there is much to consider in the design process.

There are many options available for honouring your departed pet, including memorial stones, memorial plaques and memorial markers, each of which can be made totally bespoke.

Some people choose a permanent fixture that will stand for years to come, while others opt for a removable piece that can be transported from home to home if need be.

An engraved pet memorial plaque can make a wonderful addition to your interior décor and is something you can see every day, while an outdoor grave marker can be used to determine the place your pet is laid to rest. 

THE RIGHT MATERIAL

 

Finding the right material for your memorial is an important factor to consider early on, as this can determine both the appearance and the longevity of your chosen piece. Settling for a cheaper material can leave you with a sub-standard design that can lose its attraction over time, especially if the memorial is placed outdoors.  

 

Welsh slate square pet memorial with coloured enamel engraving
Pet memorial with natural engraving and rustic border

THE QUALITY OF STONE

 

Low-cost options for memorial plaques include acrylic and metal designs, neither of which can match the quality of stone. Acrylic signs can warp and degrade over time, particularly if exposed to natural elements. Metal signs are limited in their design options as it is difficult to cut customised styles, which hugely reduces the amount of choice available.

 

LASTING THE TEST OF TIME

 

It is always better to invest in a lasting tribute that can be relied on for years to come. Natural stone is a fantastic choice for any memorial plaque thanks to its hardwearing properties and potential for unique design. We can create a completely customised and highly detailed stone memorial that will maintain its appearance for years to come. The use of quality stone or slate ensures that your pet memorial will stand the test of time, whether that be indoor or outdoor.

 

Welsh slate with white enamel inscription

THE MATERIALS

Black granite heart-shaped pet memorial with gilded lettering

BLACK GRANITE

A distinctively durable stone, granite is formed with a tight grain that allows for detailed, high-quality engraving. It can be honed or polished for a sleek, attractive finish and is particularly beautiful with gold leaf gilding.

Stone Sign Welsh slate pet memorial with rustic edge

WELSH SLATE

Welsh Slate is one of the oldest types of slate found in the world today. It has a distinctive blue-black finish and is unaffected by normal extremes of temperature and weather, making it extremely durable.

Portland stone pet memorial with natural engraving

PORTLAND STONE

This versatile stone is known for its highly fossilised content, and highly durable properties. Its creamy-white finish offers a timeless and classic appearance that is known for its use on notable buildings across the UK.

A LASTING TRIBUTE

Here at Stone Sign, we can create a personalised memorial for your pet using your choice of high-quality natural material. From elaborate pet headstones to simple pet memorial markers, our expert team have the capability to bring your vision to life. Find out more here.

 

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