Granite is a natural stone and is one of the hardest materials created in nature. Granite countertops add style and beauty to your home and make it a showcase that personifies quality, luxury and good taste. Whether you are remodeling or involved with new construction, granite countertops will make a beautiful addition and increase the resale value of your home. Common aesthetic characteristics of granite are the grain movement and overall patterns. These patterns throughout the stone often portray more of a speckled blending of colors or a chunky pattern depending on the size variation of the minerals in that particular granite.