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North Wales, July 1901

North Wales, July 1901

 

Wellington Journal, 6th July 1901
JASPER FIND IN NORTH WALES.

A correspondent writes:— A discovery of jasper has recently been made at Carreg-y-Pas, in the parish of Aberdaron, some 18 miles from Pwllheli. The jasper lodes, which are exposed to view, rise like islands in the sea. They are completely isolated, and, so far as examination has yet proceeded, they are found on a property some 450 acres in extent. The stone is exposed on the sea cliff, and even in its rugged state is an object to be admired. The cliffs rise, in parts, to the height of about 80ft., and the lodes are found at a distance of about half-a-mile, varying in width from 10 to 40 yards.

Captain Trevethan, M.E., who writes a description of the property to the "South Wales Daily News", states that in his opinion the supply of jasper is inexhaustible, and the removal of some hundreds of tons per week would make but little difference, and that with a little trouble there will be no difficulty in getting a solid block of good stone about 50 tons in weight.. Within the past week a block was taken from the foot of the cliff to be sent to London, and it turned the scale at a ten. The colour of the stone is very fine, and when the spot was first visited the prevailing hue of the stone was thought to be a cherry red with variegated pieces, but last week a large quantity of clear buff stone and a little of a kind that is almost white were found. The specimens already cut and polished show a fine grain, take a high polish, and cannot be affected by acids.

Another kind of the stone, which has yet to be polished, is of a fine pink colour, with streaks of white. In the rough it is exceedingly pretty. Already several pieces of the red have been cut, polished, and mounted in rings and brooches.


Submitted by Steve Dewhirst

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