Larvikite quarry, Norway

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Monzonite; mainly consisting of tabular to prismatic feldspar crystals


Coarse-grained, grey to bluish with some feldspars showing blue iridiscence; different intrusions represent different commercial types of larvikite, such as light larvikite (“Blue Pearl”), dark larvikite (“Emerald Pearl”), Malerød and Stålaker

Geological settings

Palaeozoic – Carboniferous-Permian; Larvikite-Lardalite Plutonic Complex, Oslo Rift


Municipility of Larvik, SE Norway

Larvikite quarry, Norway

One of the most popular ornamental stones in the world

Larvikite rapidly gained a solid position in Norwegian architecture; from fashionable ‘boutique’ facades to massive, Art Nouveau buildings clad with Scottish rubble. In Norway and abroad, larvikite became a symbol of fashion and wealth. Many banks did use larvikite around their entrances, so did Harrods in London and Galleries Lafayette in Paris. Innovative architects used larvikite, as for example in some of the most well-known Art Deco buildings in London.
In more recent times, larvikite has been applied in a number of landmark buildings throughout the world, such as Devon Tower, Calgary (1988), Bank of America tower, Jacksonville (1990), the Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque in Brunei (1992) and the seven star hotel Burj-Al-Arab in Dubai (1999).
Since the beginning of the modern period production, a significant part of the larvikite has been applied for gravestones and funerary monuments. Already in the last quarter of the 19th century, gravestones were exported to Germany and the British Isles. At the present time, larvikite can be seen at funerary sites all over the world.

Larvikite polished at a facade

Occurrence and varieties of Larvikite

Tom Heldal, Anette Granseth