Not to be confused with French Jet, which is glass, this striking silver ring is set with a cabochon of genuine Whitby Jet, a fossilized mineral gemstone millions of years old that is only found in and around the Whitby cliffs, a seaside hamlet in England.
The ring is finely crafted in an superb Art & Crafts/Art Nouveau design that we are dating to the 1970s but it could be a lot earlier, perhaps 1920's. The Whitby jet is carved in a long pill shaped cabochon with a perfectly flat top. It is bezel set into a raised mount flanked by shell motifs and scroll work. Carved V-shaped shoulders lead to a flat silver band at the back.
An absolute gem of a ring, beautiful quality and in a large finger size too. The flowing Art Nouveau design lends itself beautifully to the organic nature of the Whitby jet. If you have never enjoyed genuine Whitby jet jewellery before it is a lovely organic gemstone, deep black and glossy it is lightweight and warm to the touch. If you tap it against your teeth it makes a dull tap as opposed to the sharp ring you get with glass. Our shop is located on the Yorkshire coast, in the heart of the Whitby jet industry and all our jet jewellery is locally sourced.
MATERIALS: sterling silver
GEMSTONES: Whitby jet, 13x5mm
MEASUREMENTS: ring size UK/T-1/2, US/10, EU/61.5. The face of the ring measures 7/8" (2cm) tall and the same across, it stands 5mm from the finger. The band is 2.8mm
HALLMARKS: stamped '925' inside
WEIGHT: 3.4 grams
CONDITION: in excellent vintage condition with minimal light surface wear and the jet perfect
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Materials: Whitby Jet, Sterling Silver.