Granite is the most used material for memorials because it can be shaped and carved beautifully and will last virtually forever. Granite comes in many colors - traditional gary, black, near-white, and a variety of reds, pinks, browns and greens.
Another popular material is marble, long known for its beauty and still popular in the southern portions of the United States.
Bronze is called the eternal metal and can be used for flat markers, statuary, and as ornamentation in combination with granite.
Other materials that are being introduces for memorial use include corten, stainless steel, fiberglass and ceramic.