There is an old section in the cemetery where my parents and grandparents are buried that has the white stones with simple engravings of names, dates and epitaphs. I think that the earliest stones are from the 1700s. In the newer section the stones are mostly granite that has been engraved and polished. Some of the designs are incredible. You can spot the latest generation of monuments that have been engraved using machines and lasers. There is a company that does Jewish monuments in NJ that does some incredible black monuments with a photo of the deceased etched into the surface of the stone.
I wonder what the old stone carvers from a couple hundred years ago would think of modern memorial stones. We have went from having something, such as “Here Lies John Doe Born May 1730 Died May 1800 RIP” to elaborate designs of tombstones that include pictures and 3D sculptural shapes. Continue reading “Modern Memorial Stones Are Like Masterpieces of Artistic Design”