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Bluestone Boulders Selected For Australian Conditions

Bluestone Tiles Suitable for Australian Conditions

Bluestone Tiles Suitable For Australian Conditions

There are over 20 variations of Chinese Bluestone, here at Edwards Slate & Stone (located in Melbourne) we sell some of the variations. We have selected our Bluestone for Australian conditions, and can confidently recommend our products for most applications in and around the home.

Here Steven Edwards is inspecting Bluestone boulders in China. The orange colour on the boulders is superficial and the inside of the boulder is a blue/grey colour.

Australian Bluestone has a very good reputation as a high quality product. It has a particular shade of grey/blue which is unique and has a low iron pyrite content which means it does not experience much or any colour change over a period of time. From a durability perspective there is no practical difference between imported and local Bluestone. It is useful to listen to David Attenborough’s YouTube video on the formation of Basalt (which we call Bluestone in Victoria) to gain a broader understanding. The price of Australian Bluestone is much higher than the imported varieties.

Some re-sellers like to report they are selling Australian Bluestone and give it a local name of one of our South Eastern Melbourne suburbs, however there is no Bluestone quarry in this area and the product sold is usually Chinese. Buyer be beware!

Most good Bluestone is usually imported from China, although there are some imports from Vietnam. The quality, cut, colour and porosity of the Chinese Bluestone is as good as the best in the world.

It is important to select Bluestone tiles suitable for Australian conditions, not only will reduce the overall cost of using Bluestone dramatically, but also the quality closely resembles Australian local Bluestone pavers.

Bluestone boulders ready for cut in the factory

Where do Bluestone pavers come from? Part 5

A truly magnificent Bluestone boulder, attractive dark blue colour with “cats paw” running through the surface. This will be later cut into various sized pavers and tiles.

Bluestone slabs

Where do Bluestone pavers come from? Part 4

The first stage of the Bluestone production is to cut the boulders into slabs. These slabs can vary in thickness depending on application. After this process the tiles are cut into various dimensions and finishes.

Bluestone boulders large

Where do Bluestone pavers come from? Part 2

This is a good example of a very large Bluestone boulder, which will be cut for large format tiles. Large boulders are more difficult to find, to move and to cut, therefore the cost increases with larger format tiles compared with smaller sizings.

Bluestone boulders

Where do Bluestone pavers come from? Part1

Today we are visiting the stock yard where the Bluestone is held. Behind me you will see small to large boulder. In the distance you can actually see the basalt rock on the mountain in its original state.

Bluestone boulder compare to human size

Why do large format Bluestone tiles cost little more?

It is normal to pay a little more for large format Bluestone Tiles or Pavers compared to their smaller counterparts as large freestone Bluestone boulders are harder to find. In this photo Steven Edwards is in China selecting this very large boulder for 1000x500x20mm Bluestone tiles.