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    Hi

    I wonder if anyone out there knows where I can get some Blue John beads? I live in Derbyshire and would really like to use some in my jewellery. I realise it is rare but feel sure you must be able to get them somewhere! Any ideas would be great! Thanks, Jo x
    Jo Walters
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  • #2
    I know that this doesn't really help you, but what are blue john beads? I thought blue john was a jewllery company.

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    • #3
      http://www.bluejohn-cavern.co.uk/

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      • #4
        I've never seen blue john beads on sale anywhere. I think they keep it all in Castleton for their own use. Whitby do the same with their jet.

        I remember when I first moved to Sheffield (years ago), being able to pick the stones up from the hillside. It was lying all over the place, and you could buy a polishing kit from the shop there. I know it's now illegal to pick it up, but you don't even see it there anymore.
        Celia
        I can't be creative and tidy too
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        • #5
          I haven't seen blue john beads. I don't think that the stone would be stable enough to be made into beads. When you see blue john made in to carvings and bowls it has been treated with some thing to stabilize it first. Which boost the price.
          "You've Got to Keep Your Mind Wide Open" - AnnaSophia Robb
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          • #6
            I have not seen beads either, but I have made jewellery using cabouchons made from Blue John that I set in a silver mount. It is very friable and liable to chip so perhaps beads would not be an option.
            http://www.westofscotlandcraftfairs.com

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            • #7
              Blue John

              Hi

              Thanks for all the replies! Where did you get the cabochons from? This could be something I could use? Jo x
              Jo Walters
              www.uniquebeadedgems.co.uk
              http://www.facebook.com/uniquebeadedgems?ref=ts
              http://www.folksy.com/shops/uniquebeadedgems
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              • #8
                Have no idea about jewellery so can't help, but have just looked at the link in Peter's post and "WOW!" what a place and such lovely stones (bet they have a lovely price tag too)
                Diane
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                • #9


                  Just had a browse online and I am shocked by the prices of Blue John.. I used to have loads and loads of it when I was a girl (if only I knew then what I know now). Everytime we went to Castleton I would get more of it, tumble chips, polished timblestones etc (only small pieces!)

                  It is a lovely stone

                  jan x
                  www.simplyisis.co.uk

                  www.purplesnailevents.co.uk

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
                    Hi

                    Thanks for all the replies! Where did you get the cabochons from? This could be something I could use? Jo x
                    I bought them some time ago from a seller on Ebay. Keep looking on there.
                    http://www.westofscotlandcraftfairs.com

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                    • #11
                      I have been to the caverns many times, including a couple of years ago.. the items in the gift shop are fairly shabby - the stone quality is not stunning, and most of it is thin slices rather than what I would call a proper cabochon.. and yes Moonbeam Angel.. "not cheap"! We found better designs and quality here and more reasonable prices.

                      On the tour they tell you that there is very little stone left to extract, and that much of it is small, and of much lower quality these days thus making it difficult and expensive to mine and subsequently use.. I can't remember seeing a single design using beads, so I would guess that as goldy1 said, it is too prone to breaking to make proper beads with.

                      If you want cabochons for your own jewellery, I would contact the caverns direct.

                      Sadly the "impressive" jewellery is mostly antique, highly prized, and a considered purchase..

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                      • #12


                        Well, I have also been to the caverns many times (although I come from Scotland) I have purchased items from the shops in Castleton - you get what you pay for.
                        The pictures above are of the last bit of Blue John that I set in silver, and it looks like a cabouchon to me !
                        http://www.westofscotlandcraftfairs.com

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                        • #13
                          This is also a piece of Blue John, purchased on Ebay!
                          http://www.westofscotlandcraftfairs.com

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                          • #14
                            The nearest stone to blue john made into beads would probably be fluorite although not blue and yellow, you can often get them with mauve and green in the same bead.

                            Melanie
                            Last edited by silvermaid; 18-07-2009, 07:29 PM.

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                            • #15
                              i was wandering if it was something you could purchase also as my great grandad was one of the miners that discovered Treak Cliff Cavern.
                              Hannah @ HGM Jewels

                              www.hgm-jewels.co.uk

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