How can you tell if Whitby Jet is real?

True Whitby Jet True jet will either float or sink very slowly, in water. Jet does not fade over time. Gently rub an inconspicuous part of the object across some unglazed pottery or stone; true jet produces a brown/black streak. Genuine Whitby Jet produces static electricity, when rubbed briskly.

Is Whitby Jet a precious stone?

Whitby Jet is a semi precious organic gemstone formed over millions of years from the fossilised remains of the modern day Monkey Puzzle, and other similar trees.

What jewelry is Whitby famous for?

Whitby jet is famed for is deep and intense black colour and the lustrous shine that can be achieved by polishing it. It is also very light in weight making it perfect for jewellery. Whitby jet has a hardness of 3.5-4 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Is jet Rock valuable?

Today, jet is valued for its beautiful luster, and is seen alongside even the most expensive of gems in jewelry, including diamonds.

How do I identify my jet Jewellery?

The definitive test is to use a red hot needle on some inconspicuous part of the item when a coal-burning smell will ensue. However be very careful not to destroy or damage the item, remember Jet will burn.

Is Whitby Jet rare?

It’s no secret that Whitby Jet is rare, unique and sought after. Throughout the centuries, Whitby Jet has been highly valued for its brilliant lustre, black appearance and weightlessness.

What is Whitby Jet good for?

Whitby Jet is a great healer when it comes to physical ailments too, easing swelling and inflammation in particular. It’s also been known to help with a whole list of complaints such as stomach pains, menstrual cramps, migraines, headaches and colds.

How do you identify jet jewelry?

Jewelry items made of coal will leave a black, (not brown like jet) streak on paper or unglazed tile. Jet can’t be molded like French jet glass. Therefore, details on jet jewelry items are usually deep and sharp from carving. If jet beads are faceted, the facets are large.

How do I identify a jet stone?

Is jet the same as onyx?

Test 1: They’re total opposites! One of the most loved traits of Whitby Jet is its weightlessness. It’s super comfy to wear, even the oversized large designs. However, onyx is pretty heavy in comparison and therefore, if the stone or piece of jewellery you are holding is weighty it is Onyx rather than Jet.

What is Whitby Jet made from?

fossilised driftwood
Whitby jet is actually fossilised driftwood from the Toarcian Period of the Lower Jurassic. The rocks containing the Whitby jet began to be deposited 183 million years ago. This was a period of extreme climate change and the resulting conditions led to perfect conditions for the jetonisation of wood.