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Whitby Jet

The home of Blue John Jewellery

Whitby Jet is one of the earliest gemstones used to create artefacts and items of jewellery. The wearing of Whitby Jet jewellery was often a display of wealth or used to bestow some protection upon the wearer. Jet is used in crystal healing for ailments ranging from epilepsy, migraines, toothache and stomach pain.

 

About Whitby Jet

Whitby Jet actually started life as a type of tree, the Monkey Puzzle Tree to be precise! Over 150 million years ago, this family of tree was swept away by enormous flash floods and lodged in the sediment of the Liasic Sea, the area that would become Great Britain. Over millions of years, the compacted wood became fossilised and slowly transformed into the deep dark stone we know today.

Fossil evidence of this fascinating era is abundant and easily detected in the cliffs and beaches that adjourn Whitby to the North and South.

 

History of Whitby Jet

In 1850 Whitby Jet was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of London and soon became coveted by a number of high royal persons including Queen of Bauaria and the Empress of France but Whitby Jet’s most prolific patron was Queen Victoria. When her beloved Albert died Victoria took to wearing Whitby Jet jewellery in remembrance of him.

All of this history and cultural heritage is condensed and confined just seven and a half miles of the North Yorkshire coastline where all of our finest Whitby Jet is sourced.

 

Pairing Whitby Jet

Whitby Jet’s deep, dark qualities complement fair skin and pair particularly well with silver. All of the jewellery in our collections are handcrafted and can be made using the Whitby Jet stone. Browse our online store and when viewing an item, select the type of stone you would like from the drop-down menu.

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