Jet Specimens / Rough (Whitby, UK)

Whitby Jet is a gemstone formed by wood decaying around 182 million years ago.

Most of these are sold singly, but smaller pieces are sold in ten gram packets.

(4 customer reviews)


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Whitby Jet Specimens

Small black Whitby Jet specimens, available in a few sizes.

There are typically regarded to be two types of Jet: soft and hard - the hard being more suitable for jewellery carving. However, this does not mean that the soft cannot be carved. The soft stuff will take just as good a polish, just won't handle very intricate carvings as well.


Our current stock includes:

  • 'Hard Jet' - sold singly. Suitable for carving small cabochons. This is beach and sea rounded Jet, found along the coast around Whitby.
  • 'Soft Jet' - sold singly. May be suitable for carving, ideal as specimen pieces.This is beach and sea rounded Jet, found along the coast around Whitby.
  • 5-12MM mixed bags, which haven't been tested just due to it being fiddly! Sold in ten gram bags.
  • Our thin pieces, which are typically a good size for cutting a small cabochon or inlay. They are typically only 4-7MM thick.


  • Seam Jet - an extremely rare thing to find for sale! This is Jet as it was originally mined, bought from an old collection. It is now illegal to mine, as far as I'm aware - and old mines are extremely hazardous. This material occurs in various sizes, but is rarely more than 10MM thick - most pieces are between 4-7MM thick. Typically, 10 grams should be 1-2 pieces; however, if you order more there may be some larger pieces available weighing over 10 grams if any are still left. It is almost always 'hard jet' and is often perfectly for cabochons or inlays, being flat.


Whitby Jet is a gemstone formed by wood decaying under specific conditions, around 182 million years ago.

Whitby is a world-famous locale for Jet, which has been collected and used for jewellery since ancient times. It was prized by the Romans, the Vikings and Saxons, and later came back into fame as funeral jewellery for the Victorians. In modern times, Whitby has become popular with the Gothic subculture - handy, since a black stone is found there.

We are glad to be able to offer a few sizes of these specimens, which have been hand collected from around the Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay area.

The pictures you see here are representative of the products and are usually not the exact item you will receive. Where various grades are available we do try to photograph each grade - but some photographs are still on their way!

Frequently asked questions and delivery information

How do we grade stones?

There is no overall universal grading system for the majority of our products. As such, the grades we use are internal only. They simply refer to higher and lower qualities, but they may be entirely different grades to other websites. C grade pieces are of lower quality than B grade, which is lower than A grade.


How does our ordering and delivery process work?

You place an order via the website. When it’s been picked and packed, your order will be marked as completed and dropped off at our local post office. We have an account with the post office called a “Drop and Go” account, which allows the post office staff to process our parcels when they have free time, rather than me queuing up and delaying everyone else.

I get tracking information etc online when this has been completed. I typically do not send tracking information to customers unless they request it – but if you’ve requested tracked postage, it has been sent tracked! If you have any worries or concerns about your parcel being delayed please feel free to get in touch and I’ll send the tracking info over! We also get delivery confirmations for parcels over 25MM thick by default.


How do international orders work?

After Brexit, with the UK leaving the European Union, certain things have changed with regards to international orders. European Union customers will now likely be liable to pay the same amount of import VAT as any other international customers. You will be responsible for any customs and import fees.


I’d like to return my order for a refund.

No problem at all – just get in touch and we’ll arrange it. You can read our full returns policy here.


What payment methods do you accept?

I can accept Paypal, Stripe, cheque, and direct bank transfers. Paypal and Stripe will both allow you to pay with credit and debit cards.


4 reviews for Jet Specimens / Rough (Whitby, UK)

  1. Candice Summers (verified owner)

    Love these for my jewellery making, also love they are sourced for the UK.

  2. Natasha (verified owner)

    Good-quality stones and excellent customer service. Thank you!

  3. Zen Hen Mediums (verified owner)

    ordered these after receiving a free sample with previous orders , I love the fact they are from Whitby UK plus, as always Quality item fast dispatch fair prices & professional friendly customer care

  4. Jennifer (verified owner)

    happy with my purchase, fast delivery would buy from here again

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