Monday, June 11, 2012
Beautiful Blue John Stone
I remember being so awestruck by the very large Blue John pieces at nearby Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, that I decided to visit the mine and see the deposits for myself. What an experience! The elevator that took me down to the cavern was tiny and a bit rickety, but once inside the cavern, the amazing sight of the stone in its natural setting was well worth the somewhat nerve-wracking ride.
Blue John Cavern
Sadly, there isn't much Blue John stone left, and what little mining there is today is done mostly by hand, but tourism is a big business and you can go see the wonders of the cavern for yourself. That elevator has probably been replaced by now...
You can buy jewelry made of Blue John stone in the gift shop, and if your budget is really large, you can even find much, much larger pieces through antique dealers. My only piece is this small pendant, a souvenir of my visit to the mine, that I came across over the weekend when I was organizing myself. Seeing it again got me thinking about this beautiful stone, how I learned of it and the places it led me.