Buying Grave Markers In Connecticut

One of the longest-standing traditions in human history is marking the burial spot of a loved one. Interestingly, archaeologists discovered dolmens, early grave markers, dating back two-thousand years in Asia. The ancient Greeks used elaborate columns and marble vases while customizing headstones started in Europe. Ornate statues of cherubs and animals were used during the Victorian era.

Grave markers are also known as headstones. However, traditionally grave markers were stone lids placed on the top of a coffin. Headstones marked the head of the grave, and foot stones were used as well. Eventually, all grave markers were placed at the head of the grave. Grave markers evolved as man evolved. One can still see crude headstones in early 20th century graveyards. People had little money so they used stones or rocks to mark a grave. Occasionally, some would try and write or draw on the stones. Today, if you need CT Grave Markers, call Shelley Brothers Monuments. Shelley Brothers has a tradition of making beautiful high-quality monuments.

Several different types of headstones are used today. Many cemeteries do not allow upright headstones. They prefer flat markers because it is easier to handle landscaping and they don’t have to worry about theft. There is a problem with thieves stealing metal pieces, such as vases, off graves to sell for scrap. However, the majority of people still prefer granite grave markers in CT. Skilled craftsmen use modern technology to create granite headstones. The process starts with a granite slab that is pre-cut to the specified size. Usually, the stone is polished so that it’s shiny. The design and lettering for the headstone is reproduced on a rubber stencil, and cut out with an X-Acto knife. Most companies use computer stencil cutting machines that are faster and more accurate. The stencil is placed on the area of the headstone to be engraved and placed in a sandblasting room. A worker uses high air pressure and special sand, pushed through a nozzle, to carve the design and lettering. The carved areas are colored black so that they stand out against the granite. Marking the resting place of a loved one will continue to be part of our culture.

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