The pink Sardinian granite and its extraordinary beauty

Sardinia certainly needs no introduction: its scenic wonders, enveloped in that wild and sometimes mysterious atmosphere, bestowed by the esoteric charm of its traditions, are well known to everyone.

However, often among its peculiar elements, one forgets to mention a unique geological feature that is impossible to find elsewhere in the world: we are talking about the pink Sardinian granite, a natural stone of volcanic origin that in 2019 was added to the list of 21 types of minerals awarded the Global Heritage Stone Resource recognition, reserved only for geological varieties that have had the greatest influence on human history and culture.

how it is extracted

Pink Sardinian granite is abundantly present in the northeastern area of the island: its steep pinkish forms, speckled here and there by patches of Mediterranean shrubs and plants, precisely establish the boundaries of the breathtaking beaches of Gallura, characterizing its suggestive landscape.

In this region of Sardinia, a large part of the quarries are located where the mineral that has made (and continues to make) the fortunes of the island’s stone industry is extracted. Therefore, It is not surprising that, while crossing Gallura, one comes across special machinery for extraction, which removes large blocks of granite from the basic mining structures. These are then cut into thinner slabs so they can be easily used by artisanal and industrial professionals who intend to enhance the quality of their creations through the beauty, strength, and durability of pink granite.

types of pink Sardinian granite we know

The most famous variety of pink Sardinian granite is the one called Rosa Beta: it is to her that the International Union of Geological Sciences has awarded the recognition mentioned in the article’s introduction. And it couldn’t be otherwise because Rosa Beta has internationally appreciated qualities: just think that its ideal aesthetics for decorations (contributed by its typical gradation of greys with white and black spaces, interspersed with delicate pink spots) combine with resistance, impermeability ease of processing, and competitive prices.

Alongside this type of pink granite, the Sardinian territory can boast another: Rosa Limbara, less known than Rosa Beta, but which, in terms of resistance and durability, has little to envy its more famous cousin. The difference lies entirely in the external appearance: Rosa Limbara is distinguished by its dotted grey background, on which more or less intense brick pink patches appear.

The other most well-known varieties of pink granite either come from the province of Verbania-Cusio-Ossola, where the mineral that makes up the columns of the façade of the Duomo is extracted, the Baveno Pink Granite, or from abroad (two examples are the Spanish Rosa Porrino and the Indian Shivakashi Rosa).

what use can it have in architectural and design contexts?

Versatility is the keyword with which the numerous possibilities of using pink Sardinian granite can be summarized. Being compact, resistant to impacts and scratches, as well as impervious to acids, weathering, and frost, it imposes itself both as a valid design solution for domestic environments (flooring, kitchen or bathroom surfaces, stairs, windowsills, wall cladding) and as an option of absolute artistic-architectural relevance for urban spaces (the Palatine Bridge in Rome and the Milan Stock Exchange, for example, were made with this material).

In light of this high-performance flexibility, it is understandable that pink Sardinian granite is preceded by its own fame: not surprisingly, its extraordinary value in every application field is recognized worldwide!

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