Blue Pearl is quarried in a bedrock quarry in Vestfold, Norway. It uses the most modern quarrying equipment with the ability to produce blocks even in the harsh winter months. The size and color of each block is fairly consistent between shipments. Because of the unique crystal structure that exists in this granite, it tends to have a three-dimensional appearance. During the polishing process, an epoxy resin is applied to the surface of the stone to fill in any natural pits, cracks or fissures that may exist. This does not affect the durability, maintenance or beauty of the stone. It is possible for some of the more minute pits that are too small to effectively hold the resin, to reopen during other finishing stages. However, this will not detract from the overall quality or appearance of the stone. There will be noticeable variations in color and movement between pieces. Therefore, it is important and recommended that a range of this product be viewed before finalizing a purchase. As a natural stone product, it is recommended that it be sealed to extend its longevity.