Before you choose from among many headstone shapes you should first know the
type of headstone you are going to get. There are four main types of headstones: monuments, grass markers, bevel markers, and slant markers. Your cemetery regulations will be the biggest factor in deciding which of these you
will use. Check with your local headstone services company to determine your cemetery's available choices.
If you are designing a headstone you will find that there are many shapes to choose from. Almost any shape is possible.
Of the more easily described headstone shapes hearts (or double hearts),
angles, crosses, and teardrops are very popular. There are many shapes that are not so easily described. That's why the
National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) has created a set of standard headstone shapes (see below for some of the standard
shapes). To see all of their standard headstone shapes please visit http://www.namm.org.uk
area available on a headstone to put names, dates, symbols, inscriptions etc. is determined by its size and shape. The size
will be limited by your cemetery's regulations. The shape can be determined by you for the most part. Some complicated
shapes have size limitations.
Headstone shapes can be divided into two classifications
- regular and special order.
A regular shape is simply one that is kept
in stock. Regular headstone shapes have been used by the headstone industry for years. Manufacturers of headstones keep the
popular shapes on hand in order to fill orders more quickly. These regular shapes are usually less expensive because many
people buy them.
A special order shape is one that is made to your exact
specifications. If you decide to go with a very complicated headstone shape be prepared to pay more. Also a special order
shape will take more time.
Unless you have a special reason not to, it
is probably best to go with a regular headstone shape. It will cost less and take less time. Besides, the message of the headstone
is more important to most people.
If you live in the South Jersey area
and have any difficulty deciding on a headstone shape please contact us. We'll be glad to help.
Square Top and Scotia Corners
Square Top Checked and Rounded Shoulders
Offset Pen Top
Peon With Checks
Square Top and Splayed Corners
Square Top Gothic Shoulders
Oval, Arc or Cambered
Oval With Shoulders
Oval With Checks
Square Top Double Rounded Shoulders
Half Ogee Top
Ogee With Checks
Oval Top Scotia Shoulders
Square Top Rounded Shoulders
Round Top Rounded Shoulders
Oval Top Checked Rounded Shoulders
Square Top Ogee Shoulders
Oval Top Ogee Shoulders
Peon Top With Tapered Sides
Peon Top with Splay Sides
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