Blue Bahia granite is a stone that is legendary for its beauty. It is possibly the bluest granite on the market and in very high demand.

Quarried in central Brazil, it is sometimes called Azul Bahia granite.

When viewed from afar, the color of this stone is an overall stunning blue. From a distance you can see the varying shades of blue.

As you get closer to the stone, it becomes apparent that the color of the stone’s bedrock is a dazzling pure bright white. However, it does not make up a large percentage of the stone’s overall mass due to the large amount of blue mineral deposits.

The blue minerals that make this stone beautiful are found in high quantities. On average, anywhere from 70 to 90 percent of the stone’s overall mass will be this stunning blue material.

The blues come in a variety of colors and shades, ranging from light sky blue to a very dark navy. The lighter blues are the most common shade in the stone.

This multi-tone effect is dramatic. The light blues complement and contrast against the dark blues, giving a very deep and natural feel to the stone.

Dotted around the stone are also small dark black mineral deposits, much less frequent than the blue. There are also patches of light brown. This adds to its beauty.

With this stone, the occasional speckle of black or patch of brown serves to soften and enhance the bold blue.

Blue Bahia is unique in appearance and is among the higher priced stones. It’s most popular for kitchen countertops, backsplashes, bar tops and bathroom counters.

Occasionally, remnants of Blue Bahia can be found in stone yards for use in powder rooms or other smaller applications. As always, your local stone supplier can guide you in the most effective (and cost-effective) way to incorporate this precious stone into your home décor.

Andrea Antunes McGilton is project manager at Distinctive Granite and Marble, with showrooms in Okatie; Lady’s Island; Pooler, Ga., and on Hilton Head Island.