Blue John at Chatsworth House
Having been one of the first outlets to offer our Blue John jewellery for sale, we have held special links with Chatsworth House for over 40 years. Throughout the years our designers have also been inspired by its architecture, history and exhibitions for various jewellery collections we have produced – such as our ‘House Style’ collection.
Offering a local and significant connection to the source of Blue John, the estate of Chatsworth is adorned with many pieces. Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (1757 – 1806) was an early advocate, whilst successive Duke and Duchess’ of the estate have built a wide collection of both jewellery and ornamental pieces. Collections of Chatsworth include one of largest Blue John pieces ever made, ‘the Chatsworth Tazza’, commissioned from William Adam of Matlock (1794-1873), by the Duke of Devonshire, in 1842. The bowl is 51 cms/20 inches in diameter and is on display in the dining room at Chatsworth. In another striking display of Blue John, Chatsworth is also home to an 81-piece Blue John window in its private quarters.
Another stunning window display resides at Vernon Park Museum, Stockport. Measuring 6ft by 3ft and with 250 separate slices of Blue John, the window was presented to the County Borough of Stockport by Mr John Tym, who was Curator of Vernon Park Museum until his death in 1885.