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Derbyshire Blue John

By: T Ford

111 pages, Col photos, illus, maps

Ashbourne Editions

Paperback | Dec 2000 | #105970 | ISBN: 1873775199
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About this book

This work looks at the ornate Derbyshire Blue John stone, mined for centuries at Castleton in Derbyshire. The illustrations highlight the 12 different veins of stone and some of the magnificent vases and tables which now grace country houses across the nation. The book describes how the stone war formed, the mineralogy of the area, the mining of the stone, and how it is fashioned into jewellery and ornaments. It also covers the production of Blue John over the centuries and details the notable collections.


Themineral deposits and the geology; Blue John veins; Blue John look-alikes; mining Blue John; making ornaments and jewellery; Blue John and the Romans; the discovery of Blue John; Matthew Boulton and Blue John; its use in fireplaces; Blue John in the 18th and 19th centuries; Blue John in the 20th century; notable collections; unusual examples.

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