In Geological terms Marble is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock. Metamorphism causes variable recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. The resulting marble rock is typically composed of an interlocking mosaic of carbonate crystals. In Layman’s terms Metamorphism occurs when limestone is heated under pressure and changes over a period of time. Connemara marble was formed from sediment deposited in a shallow primal sea called the Iapetus Ocean a predecessor to the Atlantic Ocean over 600 million years ago. These sediments were transformed by natures forces generated in the formation of the mountains of the West of Ireland and Scotland over 390 million years ago! The Marble occurs in what is known as the Appian group which is a sub group of the Dalradian Supergroup.
Connemara marble contains a diverse range of color within its fine granular structure as it contains so many different minerals within it including Serpentine green (most suitable for Jewellery) Epidote (much subtler shades of green) Calcite ranging from a Carrera White to misty Grey mica phlogopite (Bronze) and dots of pyrite known fool’s gold. The beautiful green marble is found in the region of Connemara in North Galway. The word Connemara comes from Connemaicne Mara the Gaelic word meaning “inlets of the Sea” It is the rich Serpentine Green that is most suited to making Jewellery Beads & Cabachon’s. Connemara Marble was first mined in the 1820s mostly for decorative purposes in buildings along with sculptures by the 1850s it was widely seen in use in Irish Jewelry in Claddagh Rings & other Irish symbols such the Shamrock & Celtic Cross. We use Connemara Marble in two distinctive styles of Jewellery; Our Beadwork collection incorporates drilled beads of all shapes and sizes with a variety of other materials and secondly is Lapidary where we set the Marble cabochons in a variety of precious metal & plated settings to create beautiful Pendants, Bracelets & Earrings. Known as the “Irish Gemstone” every piece of Connemara Marble is unique. It makes the perfect Irish Gift as you can have your own piece of Ireland!
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