Modern Headstones

What is a contemporary headstone?

Unlike traditional gravestones, a modern headstone tends to have a more stylish design. Since the introduction of advanced stone cutting machinery the possibilities of uniquely cut headstone designs are endless. But what makes a headstone contemporary in its composition? Some visible features found on most contemporary gravestones include:

  • Highly polished granite’s cut in unrestricted geometrical forms.
  • Hand-carved images and carving as part of the headstone construction.
  • The inclusion of headstone accessories such as crosses, vases and lights.
  • Intricate etched images and laser engraved pictures on polished granite.

Because of its hardness and durability granite remains the no1 choice for most stylish tombstone designs. While marble, limestone, and slate are still used in present-day gravestone construction they are prone to delamination over time. Such materials also require annual maintenance to keep them in prime condition.

What is a contemporary headstone?
Modern Headstone with bronze cross detail

Modern headstone designs

On the whole, modern headstone designs refer to the styles and trends of the present. As opposed to traditional memorials that have a more classic design style through the ages. While today’s contemporary gravestones merge with modern designs by utilizing simple clean lines and curves focused on practicality. For example, our “stylish headstone with crucifix” has a minimalist appeal presented with smooth curves and beveled edges while still highlighting the headstones main features. More than that, many modern headstones are designed around prominent elements such as a heart or guitar. To whom the deceased may have had an affection to during their life.

Modern Headstone designs

Guitar Headstone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 70" x 36" Reference: MH1

Contemporary Gravestone with Guitar Carving

Electric Guitar Memorial

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 70" x 36" Reference: MH1

Tall present-day memorial

Bell Flower Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 44" x 30" Reference: MH2

current Headstone with Flowers

New D30 Headstone

Color: Black Granite Size: 44" x 30" Reference: MH3

modernized Heart Headstone

Stylish Heart Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 30" Reference: MH4

Heart Shaped Headstone

Stylish Heart Detail

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 30" Reference: MH4

Contemporary two tone grave memorial headstone

Headstone with Crucifix

Color: Black & Aurora Size: 36" x 36" Reference: MH5

Headstone with two hearts in Black Granite

Double Heart Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 35" Reference: MH6

Modern Headstones with carving

Have you ever noticed that almost all modern headstones with carving stand out more than others? In truth there is something about a three dimensional carving that makes you stop and admire its artistry. Sculpted by skilled mason sculptures, carvings in granite captivate an image or design bringing it to life in a way that is beyond compare. For instance, our “carved rose headstone” displays a life-like rose hand-carved with intricate detail. In a similar way, the “praying hands” modern gravestone encapsulates the theme the memorial portrays in an instant. Although etchings share similar characteristics to carved images, carvings enchant us in both form and appearance. 

modern headstones with carving

Praying Hands Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 39" x 48" Reference: MH7

Hands in Prayer on Memorial Headstones

Praying Hands Gravestone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 39" x 48" Reference: MH7

current Hand carved Monuments for graves

Modern Hands In Prayer

Color: Premium Black Size: 42" x 45" Reference: MH8

Catholic Headstone design with hands in prayer

Carved Hands in Prayer

Color: Aurora Granite Size: 42" x 45" Reference: MH8

Present Day Headstone with Carved Roses

Carved Rose Headstone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 41" x 36" Reference: MH9

Headstone for a sister

Carved Rose with Photo

Color: Premium Black Size: 41" x 36" Reference: MH9

Our Lady Headstone with Roses

Carved Rose with Our Lady

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 41" x 42" Reference: MH9

Rose Carving on Granite

Hand-Carved Rose Detail

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 41" x 36" Reference: MH9

modernized Headstone with Crucifix

Modern Cross Monument

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 41" x 48" Reference: MH10

Colored headstone with lily cross

Lily Cross Headstone

Color: Paradiso Bash Size: 40" x 42" Reference: MH11

Headstone with Bronze Cross in Black Granite

Lily Memorial with Cross

Color: Premium Black Size: 40" x 42" Reference: MH11

Blue Granite Headstone with Cross

Lily Cross Gravestone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 40" x 42" Reference: MH11

Granite Headstone with Tree Carving

Tree of Life Headstone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 46" x 34" Reference: MH12

Gravestone with Tree hand-carved

Hand-Carved Tree of Life

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 46" x 34" Reference: MH12

Modern Headstones with engraved pictures

Almost all contemporary gravestones displaying etched images will appear on a highly polished black granite surface. Due to this “mirror-like” reflective surface an impressive contrast forms between the engraved picture and the granite. Because of new technologies such as laser etching special images and photographs can now be engraved with exceptional detail. As can be seen from our “Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus etching”, color can also be added to a portion of the image. Thus further advancing the visual appearance of the etching. For the purpose of displaying our etched images clouds appear on reflective surface of the granite which are not part of the actual etching.

modern headstones with engraved pictures

Divine Mercy Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 42" Reference: MH13

Divine Mercy etching for headstone

Divine Mercy Etching

Laser engraved and partially colored Reference: MH13

Headstones with Our Lady and Child Jesus

D34 with Our Lady & Jesus

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 42" Reference: MH14

The Virgin Mary etched on Granite Headstone

Virgin Mary & Jesus Etching

Laser engraved and partially colored Reference: MH14

Etched image of man and guitar on headstone

D30 Memorial with Etching

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 42" Reference: MH15

Laser etching of young man with guitar

Laser Engraved Portrait

Portrait laser engraved on granite Reference: MH15

state-of-the-art Headstone Tear Drop design

Tear Drop Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 42" Reference: MH16

Laser etched headstone image of a mother

Laser etching on Granite

A mother laser engraved on granite Reference: MH16

Padre Pio etched image on gravestone

Padre Pio Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 54" x 42" Reference: MH17

Present day headstone with dove etching in granite

Dove with Round Base

Color: Premium Black Size: 42" x 40" Reference: MH18

current Heart Shaped Headstone

Modern Heart Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 40" x 40" Reference: MH19

Headstones with cross engraved

D30 with Sunken Base

Color: Premium Black Size: 41" x 42" Reference: MH20

Simple modern headstone

While we see modern memorials in cemeteries the world over, a large portion of these have a simple gravestone design. Uncomplicated designs offer plain yet stylish tombstone arrangements as can be seen from our memorials below. The aesthetically pleasing clean lines and smooth curves give a simpler formation when compared to its ultra-modern counterpart. For this reason simple contemporary gravestones which focus on the inscription rather than design are suitable for most as a remembrance gift. On balance, straightforward modern styles will often stick to primary dimensions and color schemes which are in keeping with their own cemetery regulations.

Simple modern headstone

Single Tulip Headstone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 39" x 40" Reference: MH21

Headstones for Polish People

Single Tulip Gravestone

Color: Paradiso Bash Size: 39" x 40" Reference: MH21

Simple Irish Headstones

Tulip with Sunken Base

Color: Steel Grey Stone Size: 39" x 40" Reference: MH21

modernized plain headstone in black granite

Single Tulip Tombstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 39" x 40" Reference: MH21

New Headstones Ireland

Double Tulip Headstone

Color: Premium Black Size: 45" x 42" Reference: MH22

Stylish Granite Tombstone

Double Tulip Gravestone

Color: Paradiso Bash Size: 45" x 42" Reference: MH22

new grave memorials in granite

Double Tulip Memorial

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 45" x 42" Reference: MH22

Carved granite headstone detail

Single Tulip Side Detail

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 39" x 40" Reference: MH21

Simple present day headstone in blue granite

Tear Drop Gravestone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 39" x 40" Reference: MH23

Plain Granite Gravestone

Treanor No5 Headstone

Color: Paradiso Bash Size: 39" x 40" Reference: MH24

Simple headstone gravestone

D30 Memorial with Cross

Color: Premium Black Size: 39" x 40" Reference: MH25

Simple state of the art grave headstones Dublin

Plain D34 Headstone

Color: Bahama Blue Size: 39" x 40" Reference: MH26

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