Whitby Jet

We at C W Sellors are passionate about British gemstones and aspire to symbolise our great connections to the past by incorporating unique pieces of British heritage into modern interpretations of beauty. Jet has been discovered in many parts of the world, some including Siberia, Canada, China, Australia and New Zealand however, the Jet which has evolved over 180 million years ago and found on the shores of Whitby, is distinguishable by its very own characteristics.
Jet necklaces were used as an embellishment to tradition, craftsmanship and religion as far back as the Bronze age. Excavation work has unveiled that beads were most probably the most popular form of Whitby Jet together with conical studs and buttons. Nourishing the rich jewellery making history of the company, CW Sellors firmly believe in the importance of keeping the skills of stone cutting and jewellery making local, remaining faithful to the highest levels of quality. Our bespoke Whitby Jet handiwork invents a connective bond between local heritage and natural beauty for all to enjoy. Although the colour black has long been associated with mourning, particularly since the 1870’s when the production of the stone rapidly flourished as inspiration taken from Queen Victoria’s mourning Jewellery was copied within 200 manufacturing shops in the town, the stone has held onto a certain timeless allure over the years. Reaching its Zennith in popularity during the Victorian age after the death of Prince Albert however, the Whitby tides had changed and by the year of 1900 many of the 1,500 highly skilled gem cutters and jewellery crafters local to Whitby town had downed tools to work in other industries as the ebb and flow of fashion dramatically changed direction for a time, and the need for such powerful statements receded.
Formed from the fossilised monkey puzzle tree, Whitby Jet is a precious stone native to the British Isles. Found along a small stretch of beach in the coastal area of Whitby town, the finest quality of Jet is collected within a ten mile radius today where it is cleaned, polished and nurtured until it is transformed into a breathtaking piece of British heritage. The fossilised remains of trees which have rested under layers of sediments for millions of years under the sea are cut and polished into the wonderfully transformed products of instantly recognisable beauty that can be appreciated among our jewellery collections today. The deposits of the stone in England, particularly in Yorkshire are of the highest quality thus allowing our highly skilled workshop craftsmen to welcome visitors from around the world to marvel at our exhilarating creations. This beautiful soft opaque gemstone composed of carbonised wood may sound rather ordinary, yet when it is sculpted into both our traditional designs as well as favouring the more delicate of our creations, its mirror-like polish is simply intoxicating. Showcasing the finest examples of pure Whitby Jet gathered from local shores, we are proud to offer designs based on beautiful original Victorian pieces inspired from the large ostentatious items of jewellery desired by the ladies of that era to reflect their social standing and to complement their voluminous corseted dresses, to the more contemporary new-age inspirations.
100mm Spider/Egg Bail Pendant
100mm Spider/Web Bail Pendant
10mm Round Tie Tack
12 Stone Flower Charm
12 Stone Pear Shaped Celtic Bracelet
14mm x 10mm Four Stone Cufflinks
15mm x 9mm Oval Celtic Pendant
15mm x 9mm Oval Celtic Ring
18ct Gold Diamond 0.09ct Solitaire Halo Ring
18ct Gold Diamond 0.16ct Three Stone Ring
18ct Gold Diamond 0.16ct Three Stone Solitaire Ring
18ct Gold Diamond 0.20ct Three Stone Ring
18ct Gold Diamond 0.22ct Oval Ring
18ct Gold Diamond 0.22ct Twist Snake Ring
18ct Gold Diamond 0.24ct Oval Ring