Unlike most gemstones, Whitby Jet is actually fossilised wood, similar to our present day Monkey Puzzle or Araucaria Tree. which has been compressed over millions of years.
The colour of Whitby Jet is unique; its blackness is so intense that the expression ‘as black as jet' has been a commonly used phrase for hundreds of years. It is smooth and very lightweight; a characteristic that enables even the most lavish designs to be worn in comfort, and it can take on an extremely high polish to the extent that it could even be used as a mirror.
At C.W. Sellors we pride ourselves on our collection of whitby jet, which we work on from rough form to the end product. Our workshops cut polish and set the stones into the various settings we have available. We also offer a custom made service so should there be something specific you require then please get in touch.