There are countless colors of natural stone labeled as granite and sold for use on kitchen and bathroom countertops. Among these are a group of highly varied stones, with wild veins and extreme color variation. These stones come from various countries and have various mineral classifications, but they have one thing in common: they all bear the name "Juparana." There is no one type of Juparana granite, and each stone will have its own qualities and characteristics. One thing they do have in common is a tendency toward wild and extreme color variation.
The Original Juparana
Juparana Classico is the first natural stone to bear the name Juparana. This commercial granite is classified as an orthogneiss and is labeled as mostly yellow in color. This stone is quarried in Brazil, near Lake Juparana, which is how it gets its name. The popularity of Juparana granite was so extreme that similar-looking stones quarried in other areas were also given this name. Juparana Classico is peach to yellow, colored with black markings and veins. It may have swirls of gray, and the colors may form waves of movement across its surface. It is these waves that nearly all Juparana granites have in common.
Origins of Other Juparana Granites
Juparana granite is quarried primarily in Brazil, with some stones coming from India and South Africa. Golden Juparana, Indian Juparana, Juparana Avindra and Juparana India are quarried in India. African Juparana, Juparana Africa and Juparana Afrika are quarried in South Africa. Nearly all other widely available Juparana granites including Fantastico, Colombo, Dourado, Bahia, California, Delicato, Eloisa and Aqua Santa are quarried in Brazil. None of the Brazilian Juparanas, with the exception of Classico, are quarried near Lake Juparana; their name comes from their coloration and markings, not their location.
Classifications of Juparana Granite
There are very few true granites for sale as granite countertops. Most have other mineral and stone classifications, including the Juparana Granites. While Juparana Classico is an orthogneiss. Juparana Granites encompass a wide range of stone types. Indian Juparana, African Juparana, Fantastico, Colombo, Avindra, Aqua Santa and Itaoca are all migmatites. Juparana Delicato, Delicatus, Bahia, California, Dourado, Gold, Champanhe and Eloisa are all classified as geneiss. Additionally, the stones may be further broken down as "smooth" or "coarse" in texture, with the coarser stones having more of a granulated appearance, with large chunks of visible, clear quartz in their surfaces.
Colors of Juparana
Juparana Classico is classified as a yellow stone, but it may appear peach or orange in color, with black, gray and white as part of its pattern. Other Juparana stones can be classified as yellow, such as Juparana Gold and Eloisa. Many Juparanas are classified as pink, with varying shades of pink, peach, gray and red, including Colombo and African Juparana. Beige is another color predominate in the Juparana family, with Avindra and Indian Juparana. The final color classification of Juparana is brown, with Juparana California and Bahia falling into this category. All colors of Juparana are highly variable, with veins of varying colors. No two slabs of Juparana are ever the same.