asterix cosmos granite - anyone know of it?

will_work_for_rosesJune 21, 2009

I think this is THE granite for my kitchen. But I've never read of anyone having it in this forum (long time lurker). Do any of you have it or heard anything about it? I'm hoping some of the granite gurus can chime in to advise me. Too much money to make a bad decision!

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thrilledtoremodel

Hey there...

I fell in love with that granite...then fell out of love. The price was SKY high (I didn't want to go over 75$ sq/ft installed, like jet mist pricing etc...this was 100-120$!!).

And then it just didn't wear well on me- too sparkly for long-term-love for me I think. My fabricator really didn't like it for kitchens- he said 'this would look great in a finished basement, on the bar'...ouch!

It is definitely a stunning granite. But eventually the true love came for me when I found Bianco Antico :)

good luck!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2009 at 8:02PM
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will_work_for_roses

The price they quoted me was $85/sq ft which I didn't think I wanted to do either, but then when they figured out the square feet it was about 14 sq ft less than what I was estimating. So total price came in OK from what I was expecting. It is sparkly, they have it in leathered finish which isn't sparkly, but I just keep coming back to it. I like movement rather than spots, if that makes sense. Isn't bianco antico white? I have white cabinets and so alot of granites with beiges or whites predominating don't look as good.

thanks for your reply - I am hoping some of the granite gurus will also chime in for opinions.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 12:00PM
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beekeeperswife

The slab of Cosmos Granite at my fabricator is outside where the sun makes it shine...it is fantastic. It reminds me of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. I have only seen this one piece, the sparkles are beautiful, and the swirls are such a nice creamy/quartz look to them. I also decided on Bianco Antico. The slab I will be getting is creamy and brown with lots of silver mica in it. Some people call it White Diamonds. There are lots of slabs that tend to go towards the black/gray family though. Look at redroze's kitchen.

I can imagine cosmos being used on a big island so that you could capture the entire "feel" of it, I'm not sure I would be crazy with a 25" wide piece on the perimeter.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 12:20PM
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will_work_for_roses

hmmm, that's a good point beekeeperswife,. The big movement I love may not be as noticeable on a perimeter top, although the sitting bar is at the same level as the counter so it's a piece 96" by about 36".

I just went to the granite yard at lunch ( I call this the granite diet; no time to eat but enough time to see some granite). I saw the bianco antico and it's really nice, I had not seen that before.

thrilled to remodel: I did see another slab I liked. It's called Metallic, I must be drawn to the sparklies!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 1:34PM
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wizard19

If you can find it you might look at a granite called "copacabana". Its not a common selection, but we think it is beautiful. It has lots of veins/movement vs individual "stones". The slabs we are looking at are about 40% black, 40% gold, 15% cream and 5% caramel. It also has some "sparkles" from something like a quartz. Its about $70/sq ft installed. Of the few samples I have seen on the web, they are much lighter than the slabs we have selected.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 3:08PM
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suzp

We have something similar to Astrix, it's called Saturnia. We put it on our island. It was too expensive for us to put in the entire kitchen and besides, this is the centerpiece of our kitchen, and we put india black pearl around the perimeter to accent.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 5:51PM
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suzp

OOPS -- sorry, I meant to attach a link to the picture that shows the island along with the countertops. Hopefully I've done it correctly this time!

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 8:23PM
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reeny

I have Kozmus granite which sounds like what you are describing, perhaps just a different name or spelling. We did our kitchen 2 years ago and I still love our granite - it was worth every penny.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 8:55PM
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ktam_88

We will start our remodel in 2 days and have also fell in love with Asterix. I am not a big fan of granite but this slab just takes my breath away. We originally wanted to go with something lighter for our cherry cabinets but once I saw the Asterix, I changed my mind. The beautiful silver in the slab is what I'm attracted to. We were able to get it for $42 per sq/ft installed. Can't wait to see it in my new kitchen.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2009 at 7:25PM
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peytonroad

I am considering the same type or even the same thing, It is called Golden Cosmos here where I am. I will post a picture soon.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2009 at 7:53PM
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lodalady

I also fell in love with this granite. It is actually the only granite that has even appealed to me.

When I found the slab that I fell in love with, the edges of the slab were dusty, which didn't seem right. Then the fabricator said that it was a softer granite and it will scratch, but he added that they will still honor the lifetime guarantee and will fix the scratches. I can't imagine what kind of mess that would make! I passed.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2009 at 10:06PM
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ktam_88

will work for roses - Asterix is a softer granite and I have been warned by my fabricator not to cut directly on the stone because it will scratch. I use a chopping board to cut everything so I'm not concerned. He also told me that once it's installed, it will be as durable as other granites. In the past few month he has put in Asterix countertops in half a dozen kitchens.

We fell in love with it at first sight. Very few granite yards even carry it and the ones that have it are having a hard time keeping it in stock. Hope you make the decision that's right for you. Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2009 at 1:54PM
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kelvar

I just saw Asterix at a granite yard last week. It was meshed on the back. The salesman said it was more of a delicate granite due to all the silver in it (can't remember what he called it). He picked a piece of the silver stuff right off the edge of the granite and it crumbled easily in his hand. That made me nervous about using it in a high usage area like a kitchen. Lovely granite, though.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2009 at 9:25AM
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touchofstone

It is a beautiful stone. As a fabricator I recommend only using an eased edge detail as the stoneis exremely difficult to fabricate due to it being hard/soft. Ask your fabricator to give you a small piece if he has some and you will see it crumble. Also, make sure your fabricator and you check the stone very closely for small cracks and fissures which makes this stone break very easily.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 7:52PM
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will_work_for_roses

Well guys, I thought this was THE granite. I always assumed, since I have white cabinets, that I would get a dark granite and then, if I could do an island, it would be dark or black with a lighter top, maybe butcher block. But the dark granites had movement that was very directional and so on some of the cabinets it seemed like stripes. I tried to get over this but I couldn't.

Then I saw this granite slab of desert dream. Not directional movement, more like amoeba movement! Areas of colors in gray, taupe, yellow, browns. Do you think this would look ok with white cabs? The sinks on the picture are where I was trying to visualize by blanco anthracite sink versus one in metallic gray. What kind of island would you do with this granite on white thermofoil cabs and maybe a tumbled marble backsplash? Like I said, it isn't at all what I thought I would want, but it seems to be.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 10:15PM
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ynnej

I am in love with this slab. I found a good fabricator who has shown me his work with this, the only thing I'm concerned about is how it will hold up over the years. Has anyone had this very long?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 3:26AM
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