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.

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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 - a soft and a hard - the hard being more suitable for jewellery carving. However, this does not mean that the soft cannot be carved.

 

Our current stock includes:

  • 5-15MM 'hard Jet' - sold as a packet of ten grams. Suitable for very small cabochons perhaps - mixed sizes and shapes.
  • 10-20MM 'hard Jet' - sold singly. Suitable for carving small cabochons.
  • 20-30MM 'hard Jet' - sold singly. Suitable for carving slightly larger cabochons, and carvings of other kinds.
  • 20-30MM thin 'hard Jet' - sold singly. Thin pieces, ideal as an inlay or backing for other stones.
  • 5-15MM 'soft Jet' - sold as a packet of ten grams. Ideal as specimen pieces.
  • 10-20MM 'soft Jet' - sold singly. May be suitable for carving, ideal as specimen pieces.
  • 20-30MM 'soft Jet' - sold singly. May be suitable for carving, ideal as specimen pieces.
  • 30-40MM thin 'soft Jet' - sold singly. May be suitable for carving, ideal as specimen pieces.
  • 5-35MM Jet inlay pieces - sold as packets of ten grams. Various sizes of very flat pieces 1-2MM thick, ideal as backing pieces or inlay stones.
  • #2 - 52x47x17MM - a larger piece of 'hard Jet'. Ideal for carving or as a specimen.

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!

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