Photo Courtesy of Jacqueline Cullen
If you’re not familiar with Whitby jet jewelry, you’re not alone. The stone hit its peak in popularity during the Victorian era, but is now making fashion news in the form of luxury jewelry by designer Jacqueline Cullen. First made popular by Queen Victoria when she went into mourning after Prince Albert’s death in 1861, Whitby jet is making a comeback: it’s fierce, bold and looks great next to highlighting precious metals and gems.
Whitby jet is a prehistoric black fossil circa 180 million years old, which was mined during its heyday back in the 19th Century. Most commonly associated with mourning from this era, the stone is now so rare that Cullen’s supplier abseils down cliffs on a rope to collect raw samples from disused mines and ancient caves.