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Gold & Other Minerals

Hone stone / Water of Ayr Stone

Description:

Hone stone is present in a number of places in Ayrshire but was only successfully worked near Stair. It was first quarried and then mined.

 

It is a form of shale which has been modified by heat. It has a very fine texture which makes it a hight quality abrasive. It was exported all over the world, being used as a stone for sharpening fine edged blades.

Materials/Media:
Mineral specimen
Dimensions:
180 x 18 x 52mm
Source:
The Dick Institute
Digital Number:
EAMI010n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council