The history and occurrence of 'Buxton Diamonds'

Starkey, R. and Faithfull, J. (2015) The history and occurrence of 'Buxton Diamonds'. Journal of the Russell Society, 18, pp. 24-45.

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The presence of quartz crystals in t he soils around Buxton has been known for centuries, and at one time theses so-called 'Buxton Diamonds' were, from published sources, apparently realtively abundant, and well-knwn to both visitors and to commentators. However, few specimens survive in museum collections, and there is considerable confusion in published accounts as to what exactly constitutes a 'Buxton Diamond'. No satisfactory description or explanation of their origin r occurrence has hitherto been published. Attractive specimens of quartz and amethyst are known from various occurrences in the Peak District, associated with igneous rocks, but these are not true 'Buxton Diamonds' . This paper presents the history of 'Buxton Diamonds', and confirms the occurrence of these, sometime highly attractive, crystals of quartz in the limestone of Diamond Hill and the surrounding area.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:historical mineralogy, derbyshire, peak district, quartz
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Faithfull, Dr John
Authors: Starkey, R., and Faithfull, J.
Subjects:A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
Q Science > QE Geology
College/School:University Services > Library and Collection Services > Museum and Art Gallery
Journal Name:Journal of the Russell Society
Publisher:The Russell Society
ISSN:0263 7839
ISSN (Online):0263 7839

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