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Gemstone of the Month: Jet

January 04, 2017 Allison Bray

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Jet is a midnight hued gemstone with a fantastically mystic heritage. It’s actually a precursor to coal and is created as part of the process of high-pressure decomposition of wood over million of yeas. A typical piece of jet found in the UK will be from the early Jurassic period and is likely to be around 182 million years old.

This beautifully rich gemstone was popular in Britain during the Bronze age, the Iron age and during the Roman period, but it then fell largely out of fashion until it experienced a major resurgence during Victorian times. 

The Romans believed that a jet amulet could protect you from the gaze of the evil eye. There were also rumours that jet jewellery could help to detect when people were lying to you. 

Worn best with… 

Jet is a statement stone best worn with rich colours. We think it works best with black, grey, purple or jewel tones such as ruby red, emerald green or sapphire blue. It wears well with a full range of metals, including gold, silver and copper. 

Best suited to… 

We think jet is an excellent choice to add a bit of dramatic sophistication to your outfit. Wear it for a romantic meal out, at a cocktail party, or for upmarket drinks with friends. 

Famous Jet…

The main reason that jet came back into fashion during the Victorian period was that it was worn by Queen Victoria as part of her mourning dress after the death of Prince Albert. 

It soon became accepted etiquette for the mourning clothes of the period to be accessorised with jet jewellery. In fact, jet was actually the only jewellery to be permitted to be worn at the royal court during this period.

More inspiration…

Jet Drop Earrings Large | Rectangular Jet Earrings | Rectangular Jet Earrings | Jet Studs | 4 Circle Jet and Silver Pendant | Oval Link Jet Bracelet | Jet Pear-Shaped Bracelet | Blue John and Jet Bracelet | Pointed Oval Pendant with Marquise Shaped Jet in Silver


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