Blue Pearl Granite Q's Please help!

kristina_ftwApril 20, 2010

Hello! This is my first time on the forum. :) Well my husband and I are going to do a little remodel on our kitchen. We love Blue Pearl but I have some reservations. Its a darker granite, so will EVERYTHING show up? Finger prints? Crumbles? I tested a sample with different food/condiments to see if anything would affect it. None of the samples seem to affect it in anyway so that seems a plus.

I don't want a high maintenance granite. HELP ME. What are the pros and cons for BP? Thanks.

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shelayne

I have Blue Pearl GT, and it is FABULOUS! The one negative is that I cannot tell that it's dirty unless I turn my head sideways, and the light hits it just right. Or if a patch of sun shines directly on a dirty spot--then I will see water spots and such, otherwise I have to look for them.

Seriously, I cannot tell you how many times I've had to "feel" the tops to know if I missed any spots with my wiping. This stuff is as close to bulletproof as you can get in granite. I have found food left on the granite (that I thought I cleaned, which is why I need the hand test) that was stuck on there for more than a day. It comes right off with no staining or spotting. I could not have a fussy granite because I live with countertop slobs, who have no idea how to clean up after themselves.

And talk about beautiful... oooooh. At night, that blue just pops. Absolutely gorgeous stone.

High maintenance, it is NOT. No worries there.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 12:53AM
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jewel-1

I also love the Blue Pearl, but is not in our budget.
I did a lot of reading about it, though. It is a very durable granite. It has a 0 adsorption rating. Be sure and go to your local granite dealer and look at the granite. BP comes in several shades of blue. My friend has it, and it has a lot of white and gray with the blue. I think the GT that Shelayne has is the darker BP.
Don't forget to get a sample of the granite to take home with you in order to see how it looks in your kitchen.

I started drooling when you said you loved the BP..lol

Enjoy your remodel

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 1:25AM
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weissman

I've had BP for 8 years now and it is great - looks great and is totally bulletproof. It doesn't need to be sealed, it doesn't stain and it doesn't etch and dirt is barely noticeable.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 2:13AM
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gsciencechick

Just chiming in that we've had our BP since last summer, and I totally agree with the PP. If you can swing it, you will not regret it as far as beauty and durability. Get a few estimates.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 6:30AM
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beachpea3

Kristina, My daughter has had Blue Pearl in her all white kitchen for about 8 or 9 years. It has survived three children and countless catering events.Wth a quick spray of window cleaner- it looks the way it did the day it was installed. The depth of color is amazing and the "pearl" does remind me of the inside of an oyster shell. Have fun with your new BP countertops!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 8:14AM
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cat_mom

BP is one of my favorite granites. From what I've read here, it is one of the most bulletproof granites. Beuaty and brawn in one stone--can't beat that!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 9:50AM
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shelayne

As Jewel said, make sure you look at different slabs of BP, as they do vary in intensity. My fabricator took me to a few yards before I found my GT--yes, it is darker than some I had seen in my search.

Jewel, I didn't think I could afford it either, as it is a Level 4 here, BUT I found a guy that would do it at a Level 2 price, so maybe shop around, if you really love it.

I am soooo glad I held out, as I was *thisclose* to settling on something that didn't make my heart sing.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 9:52AM
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seaglass7

I echo what everyone else has said. It is bulletproof and gorgeous. I've had everything imaginable spilled on it and everything wipes up. One of the most amazing things is how it changes--during the day you see a blue fleck here and there and a subtle blue, but at night with the lights on it dances as you move through the room and different mica spots grab the light. It's incredible.

I also agree with the others--make sure you see the actual slab. We saw everything from a very light almost purplish blue with lots of cream, to the one we ultimately chose--Blue Pearl Labrador which was loaded with large blue mica spots (some as large as a quarter or half dollar), gray, black and a little cream. The black really made the blue pop for us. The granite yard we purchased from had 3 varieties in stock at once. And the same name looked different at every yard.

And try to prevent your fabricator from sealing it. Mine was sealed and it's a year and a half later and the sealer is just showing signs of wearing off. We could have opted to strip it with chemicals, but I was afraid of spilling the chemicals on the custom painted cabinets. So we opted to let it wear off.

Good luck. You can't go wrong with Blue Pearl.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 12:10PM
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shelayne

As Jewel said, make sure you look at different slabs of BP, as they do vary in intensity. My fabricator took me to a few yards before I found my GT--yes, it is darker than some I had seen in my search.

Jewel, I didn't think I could afford it either, as it is a Level 4 here, BUT I found a guy that would do it at a Level 2 price, so maybe shop around, if you really love it.

I am soooo glad I held out, as I was *thisclose* to settling on something that didn't make my heart sing.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 3:00PM
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shelayne

Sorry, I did not mean to post that again.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 3:01PM
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kristina_ftw

Wow thank you all so much! I feel so much better about BP. I have looked at BP GT at one yard and it was beautiful. Just to be certain BP GT is darker and bluer than other BP's? Also, should I not have my granite guy seal it? Thanks again ;)

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 4:41AM
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bill_vincent

Blue Pearl, in addition to being my favorite of all stones (!), is about as low maintenance as it gets. It CAN'T be sealed, doesn't show fingerprints because of how busy the stone is, and everything cleans right off with Windex! You don't have to worry about hot pans, or scratches and you'd have to TRY to stain it.

Years ago, I built a house in Connecticut, just north of Waterbury. I used 2cm blue pearl slab as a hearth for my fireplace, and I used 12x12 blue pearl tile for my front entry. I used that fireplace as a secondary heat source during the winter, and believe me, we got that thing cranking, and it didn't do a thing to the slab. Melted the cast iron log rack, in the fireplace, but the stone was fine! Any time we'd get sap on the hearth, a little tar remover from an auto parts store, and it was good as new, with no stain or residue, once the solvent would evaporate. As for scratch resistance-- when we first moved in, it was too late in the fall to pour the concrete walk, so for the first winter, we had crushed stone for our front walk. Between guests, 4 young kids, and two dogs tracking that across the granite over the course of the winter, I was scared to death I'd have to tear it up and replace it. But come spring, it was still just as good as new. It's pretty tough stuff! The only problem is that because of the fact that it's so busy a granite, it tends to steal the limelight from all other aspects of the kitchen. But if you're okay with that, I'd say go for it!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 8:29AM
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tabbaldwin

Is Emerald Pearl like Blue Pearl except the overall color being green vs blue? I love the "hardiness" of the granite from what I'm hearing here.

Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 11:37AM
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bill_vincent

Exactly like it.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 1:41PM
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lisa_a

Bill, blue pearl is also gorgeous in a satin finish. In fact I prefer it but then again, I'm not a shiny surface kinda gal.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 5:15PM
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bill_vincent

I am (well...... not a gal!). In fact, that's what attracted me to blue pearl i the first place. I love the way light will play off the mica chips in the stone and reflect it in all different directions. To me, it's mesmerizing. When I lived in Ct., I used to love sitting in the living room with a fire going, and watch the firelight play off the mica chips. It was almost hypnotic!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 8:37PM
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3mutts

I had BP in my old kitchen for 17 years and never had a single problem with it. It "shined" 17 years after being installed just as beautifully as it did the day we had it put in. I loved it - never tired of it - and miss it to this day! I'm very much a granite gal and still have it (and still love it), but it's like BP was my first granite "child" and I do miss it. You will love it... I'd give up something else (crown on cabs, soft close, etc.) in the kitchen to get it.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 9:40AM
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mlweaving_Marji

I had all my choices made, on paper at least. I had 4x4" samples in hand, all looked good.
Yesterday My husband and I went to the stone yards to pick out our slabs. There seems to be no blue slabs left of blue pearl. All the stone yards we visited are singing the same song "this is the way it's coming in now...as they get deeper into quarries the stone tends to change/get darker". I think they should rename it grey pearl. I was so disappointed.
We are re-grouping.
Oh, and the Viatera Everest that I'd fallen in love with for the island, the only authorized vendor for that quartzite closed 2 weeks ago. They have slabs left, a woman on site let us in to the closing facility and let us tag the slab we liked. They are going to get with our builder to transfer the slab to another yard.
We ended up choosing a gorgeous slab of Sea Pearl for our master bath. And then at the fabricators that all our slabs are going to we looked in the boneyard and found a piece of the now unavailable Waterfall for our upstairs guest bath. It's a beautiful blue green that we originally wanted for the kitchen until we found we couldn't get it anymore.
We're recalibrating on the blue pearl. I don't like the grey slabs nearly as much as I liked the blue pearl that we have samples of and have seen in other homes.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 12:19PM
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mountaineergirl

I have emerald pearl and LOVE LOVE it. But - that being said - if I were starting over I would pick the blue pearl I saw that was gray. No blue at all in it - just silver, black and gray and gorgeous! More neutral and not as dark as my emerald pearl.

Here is an example that I like

Here's my emerald pearl - although it looks like a "warmer" green in this pic. It's really a cooler green. Like a bluish green

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 10:41PM
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karen.ohio

We picked Blue Pearl from a new shipment in Central Ohio in September. It is blue, not grey or black tones. It is being cut this week.

Hope for the best.

Now, how to get paint between the cabinets and the framing when it is less than a small finger's width wide. Ha, ha.

Karen

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 5:35PM
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mlweaving_Marji

Mountaineergirl, why would you not choose your green pearl again? A friend here has it and it is gorgeous!
Karen.Ohio, I'm jealous. I really wanted a blue "blue pearl". There aren't any here, and we've been to all the stone yards within reasonable distance. We're in SC.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 10:01PM
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mountaineergirl

I agree it is gorgeous! I just really really like the gray, black and silver in the blue pearl. I'd rather have that than a real blue Blue Pearl. But with my white cabinets - the emerald pearl is striking. I saw a blue pearl when we looked at slabs but it was way too blue for me. Had I seen one that was mostly gray and silver, I would've went went that.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 10:58PM
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karen.ohio

mlweaving_Marji

Are these stone yards fabricators also, or are they just the wholesalers? This may or may not make a difference. Maybe they have other sources that can ship stone in from another state.

Karen

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 10:20AM
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edsvette

Can't find a light to bring out the blue.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 3:38PM
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