Set below the imposing and breathtaking sights of Mam Tor and Winnats Pass, Castleton is an excellent representation of a traditional Peak District village. However, this area of the Peak District holds an additional treasure beneath its spectacular façade. The Blue John gemstone has supplied a valuable industry and been captivating visitors and adoring a worldwide public for over two hundred and fifty years.
Having set up in business in 1979, crafting Blue John jewellery for local retail outlets in the surrounding Derbyshire tourist destinations – including Chatsworth House – The Blue John Gallery was the name given to the first jewellery boutique opened in Bakewell by Chris Sellors in 1985.
Over 40 years on and from our Derbyshire workshop, we remain committed to providing the finest quality Blue John jewellery, whilst offering an education and insight into its important role in the history of British gemstones.
From classic and contemporary designs to unique one-off pieces and special diamond-set jewellery, our team of craftsmen have the first choice of gemstone material from the hillside at Treak Cliff, Castleton, from which to create all our collections at Blue John Gallery. All being handcrafted and sold with a Certificate of Authenticity to provide peace of mind and traceability to the gemstone source and craftsmanship.
With a passion for the Peak District and in delivering quality, Blue John Gallery offer British-designed jewellery, alongside Whitby Jet, Derbyshire Blue John is at the forefront of gemstones associated with the UK throughout the world.
Whilst our flagship web boutique www.cwsellors.com remains a destination for all of our collections, including the many jewellery brands we have throughout our stores, for those visiting the Blue John Gallery online, we hope they will notice something a little different.
Not only do we proudly focus on our locally sourced and individually handcrafted British gemstone products, but having the opportunity to travel around the world, we also feature desirable objects, gemstone ornaments, and jewellery designs, and have great pleasure and excitement in introducing you to some wonderful and unique pieces.
In addition, with a wealth of creativity within the Peak District, you will also find our Blue John Gallery home to some of the very best examples of the British craftsmanship that is to be found in one of the most visited and best-loved national parks in the UK.
Blue John is a mineral of extraordinary beauty and rarity, and Castleton in the heart of the Peak District National Park is its proud home. Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of rolling hills and charming villages, this region has long been synonymous with the enchanting allure of Blue John.
Castleton’s rich geological heritage has blessed it with a treasure trove of Blue John deposits. This unique mineral, with its stunning bands of purple, blue, and yellow hues, is renowned worldwide for its exquisite patterns and delicate translucency. It is a true marvel of nature, formed over millions of years through a meticulous process of mineralisation.
Visitors to the Blue John Gallery in Castleton have the privilege of witnessing the beauty of this mineral firsthand. The gallery showcases an extensive collection of Blue John jewellery and ornamental objects, each meticulously crafted to accentuate the natural splendor of the gemstone. From earrings and pendants to vases and decorative pieces, the gallery is a testament to the creativity and craftsmanship inspired by this geological wonder.
Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Blue John holds a special place in the history and culture of the region. For centuries, it has been mined and fashioned into exquisite jewelry and decorative items, captivating the hearts of both locals and visitors alike. The Blue John mines, located within the majestic hills of the Peak District, stand as a testament to the enduring legacy of this extraordinary mineral.
The Peak District National Park itself is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. With its rugged moorlands, verdant valleys, and dramatic limestone formations, it provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor exploration. Hiking trails crisscross the landscape, leading intrepid adventurers to breathtaking vistas and hidden gems.
Castleton, with its charming streets and welcoming atmosphere, serves as an ideal base for discovering the wonders of the Peak District. Visitors can explore the fascinating caverns and underground rivers that wind their way through the limestone, or embark on a leisurely stroll through the quaint village, soaking in the history and charm that permeate its ancient buildings.
Whether you are a geology enthusiast, a jewellery connoisseur, or simply a lover of natural beauty, the Blue John Gallery and Castleton offer an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Blue John, where nature’s artistry and human craftsmanship converge to create a symphony of colours and forms.