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What does jet have to offer as an organic gem? What is the origin of jet black? Discover the actual healing properties of jet today.

What Is Jet Gemstone?

A jet is a form of black gemstone that forms when woody material is buried and is rendered into something close to coal. It is also harvested/mined like coal. Despite jet’s similarity to coal, it is not as pliable, and it can be processed like other gemstones.

Jet can be cut, polished, sculpted, and even carved into ornamental pieces and smaller cabochons suitable for commercial jewelry.

For centuries, people have been using the jet to create ornamental pieces and jewelry for different purposes. There are jet beads, too.

Jet is considered an organic gemstone, much like pearls and amber. It has durability, but not like the inorganic gemstones that are not as susceptible to pressure, moisture, and the like.

Think of jet as a rock, but made partly of organic materials. The natural processes that create rocks have also created jet, but the core material makes it less durable than rocks formed by minerals and combinations of inorganic elements.

What Color Is Jet and How Unique Is It?


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Jet is one of the blackest materials on the planet. Its legendary color inspired the term “jet black.” Jet black is the superlative term for the color black, right next to “pitch black” and the like. Unfortunately, the use of jet has declined in recent years because there are many more viable alternatives.

Jet’s deep black will always be notable, even of other gemstones are being marketed as “jet black” gems. In its heyday, jewelers used to compete with jet black by marketing gutta-percha and black glass.

Gutta-percha was derived from the sap of a tree. The main reason they became economically viable was their economic feasibility – they were cheaper than jet black. They, too, can be cut and formed into beads and other shapes for ornaments and jewelry.

Other materials used as substitutes for jet black include vulcanite, plastic, cubic zirconia, and glass. Admittedly, the sheer abundance of these other materials has edged out jet black, if we’d look at economies of scale. They’re more competitive for essential ornamental items and jewelry, mainly cubic zirconia, since this synthetic crystal is used as a diamond simulant.

Black cubic zirconia can stand in for both jet black and a colored diamond.



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Where Is The Jet Stone Found?

Jet black is found in many locations, but the most notable location is in Whitby, England. The jet stone deposit here can be found in the Whitby Mudstone Formation. It is estimated that the first deposition took place in the pre-Jurassic era. Another notable location for jet black is in Asturias, located in the northern region of Spain. The Asturias deposit is over 150 million years old. Commercial quantities of jet black can be found in Poland as well, and Turkey.

In the United States, the Navajo tribe and the Pueblo tribe have been using jet black for ornamental purposes and jewelry for centuries. It was in the 1500s when Spanish circumnavigators discovered deposits of the jet. This deposit later yielded what was later known as the Acoma jet.


What Are Jet Healing Properties?


History of Jet

Jet has a long history with humanity, and in the process of becoming part of civilization, we discovered its many physical and metaphysical benefits. There is a historical record that jet has been around since 1400 BC. Ornamental jet has also been found in ceremonial mounds for the dead. This organic gem is used extensively by ancient and medieval healers, too. Jet was regularly burned by healers around a patient to relieve many common ailments, including the common fever. As the centuries progressed, jet also evolved from being a curative to being a faith component.

For instance, jet beads were used in prayer beads by the monks. It was good material for prayer beads because it’s relatively rigid and doesn’t break down even with repeated handling and use. In the Victorian era, the sad but natural color of the jet was ideal for grieving people. It truly is a well-rounded gemstone if you think about it.

Stone of sympathy

Jet is known for being the stone of sympathy. When you start using jet, you will feel as if someone is continuously supporting and assisting you in life. Whenever you suffer from any pain, the jet will be there to provide healing and guidance. This healing ability becomes more prominent when you are in the throes of extreme pain, like grief from losing someone close to you.

Jet is also known to be useful in easing pains around the head region. Areas that can be remedied with jet include the eyes (including the back of the eyes) and around the head, as in regular headaches and persistent migraines.

Take control

As for the psychological dimension, you can also utilize a jet for taking control of your life. If you feel that you have lost all control and that people are now steering the wheel for you, you can use the jet to regain the personal power and confidence that you had lost through the years.

Losing control is indicative of imbalances not just in your relationship with other people, but also possible imbalances in your chakras. Healing crystal and organic gemstones can help rebalance and open blocked chakras.


How to Use Jet for Oneself and at Home?

As we’ve already explained, the jet can be used for a variety of healing processes.

Use it for controlling harmful mood swings and for bringing things into perspective in life.

Jet can also be used for reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression, no matter how difficult the situation may be. While it is not the natural therapy, its gentle, subtle energies can provide much-needed psychic support to people suffering from depression.

Keep in mind that jet has to be cleaned regularly, unlike other gems that can hold their own for a long time. Cleanse with natural sunlight (for only a short period) or ceremonial sage.

Further reading: How to Cleanse and Charge Your Crystals and Gemstones? 6 Ways You Can Do at Home