There’s something called ‘Blue John,’ and some Brits just found a bunch of it

There’s something called ‘Blue John,’ and some Brits just found a bunch of it
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[Ed. – Who knew?]

The first new vein of the rare mineral Blue John to be discovered in 150 years has been found by accident. The mineral, also known as Derbyshire spar, was found in the Peak District by miner Gary Ridley while he was testing a new stone chainsaw.

Blue John, named after its distinctive colour,  was the height of fashion in Regency times and graced the tables of Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House. But it is only found in one place on earth – beneath Treak Cliff Hill near the village of Castleton, Derbyshire. And the last vein found was in the 19th century.

The new find, dubbed Ridley Vein after its discoverer, emerged at the Treak Cliff Cavern tourist attraction. “It was only because we were trying out a new method of mining using a stone chainsaw that we discovered it,” said Mr Ridley. …

Historically there have been 14 distinct veins of Blue John, with the Ridley Vein now entering the record books as variant No 15.

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