We decided on blue stone for our counter tops. It had all the characteristics I wanted in a stone top for very, very inexpensive. $16 a square foot. Cheaper than anything available at Lowes or the kitchen store. You can see from these photos why it is so inexpensive. Sean is doing it all himself.
The slabs are straight from a quarry in PA that is owned by a local stone place. They ordered some slabs for us and we went over and picked out our favorites. Blue stone is GORGEOUS polished up and oiled. The first piece in already set in place in the kitchen. It resembles slate or soapstone in color but is very, very hard. And heavy.
All of Sean's cuts and polishing is done with diamond blades and diamond polishing pads.
I promise a photo of the installed counter soon!