Draw out negative energy and align the base chakra.
Ward yourself from violence and illness.
Stabilize finances and increase material security.
Balance mood swings and relieve depression.
Let Jet awaken ancient knowledge deep inside you!
Mineralogy of Jet
Mineral Family: Organic Gem
Chemical Composition: Various
Crystal System: None
Luster: Velvety to waxy
Streak: Black, brown-black
Location: The most important Jet deposit is located in Whitby, England. Additional deposits are located in France, Germany, India, Poland, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.
Mineral Family: Jet is one of the few “organic gems” created by biological processes, rather than geological ones. Other Organic Gems include Amber, Coral, Petrified Wood, Shell, Shungite and Pearl. Jet is technically a “mineraloid” a mineral-like substance that does demonstrate crystallinity.
Formation: Jet is a type of lignite, or coal, which was formed when ancient evergreen trees, which lived millions of years ago, decomposed under high pressure. There are two main types of Jet. Hard Jet, like that found in Whitby, England, was formed by carbon pressure and salt water. The evergreen tree responsible for Whitby Jet has been identified as a member of the Araucaria family, similar to the modern Monkey Puzzle Tree (also known as the Chilean Pine). Soft Jet, by contrast, is more common and was formed by carbon pressure and fresh water. A variety of different ancient trees have been suggested for various Jet deposits.
Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock. The mines at Whitney have all been closed, but Jet is still harvested on the beaches by dedicated rock-hounds.
Enhancements: There is a great deal of imitation Jet on the market, most of it plastic or glass. Plastic Jet is usually apparent from a close visual examination. Glass can be more tricky, but the easiest way to check is that glass is slightly cool to the touch, while natural Jet is warm. Furthermore, Jet is exceptionally lightweight, far lighter than glass.
Synonyms: Lingnite, Black Amber
History of Jet
Jet is one of the oldest gemstones used by mankind, with traditions dating back to far-reaches of prehistory. It was included in many ancient, medieval, and modern lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Jet has been found in many prehistoric sites, from Switzerland to the American Southwest, carved into talismans, such as the Venus of Monruz, or carved and drilled as beads. Because Jet, like Amber, is very soft, it is particularly easy to carve and shape. As a result, both these Organic Gemstones were very popular among prehistoric man wherever they were found, often washing up on beaches after a storm.
Jet is an Organic Gemstone, created from highly pressurized evergreen wood, and will occasionally have wood-like markings running across its surface. While younger than most mineral gemstones, it is the oldest of the Organic gems, and has been dated as far back as the mid-Jurassic Period (201-145 million years ago). Jet is synonymous with the color black, but it can also be dark brown and may even include Pyrite inclusions which give it a metallic luster. In the oldest lapidaries, Jet is called Gagates, which is the Greek name for a fabled river which the black gem supposed originated from. The name evolved over time from Gagates, to the French Jaiet, and finally to the English Jet.
Jet was well known to Greek and Roman writers. The Greek physician and poet Nicander (2nd century BCE) claimed that burning Jet inside a home would cleanse it from the plague. Two centuries later, the Roman historian and naturalist, Pliny the Elder (CE 23-79) listed numerous medicinal uses for Jet. He stated that it could be used to cure epilepsy and toothaches, and also made a vague reference that Jet could be used to determine whether or not a person was a virgin. Galen (CE 129-216), another Greek philosopher and physician, took his study of Jet a step further. He attempted to find the mythical river of Gagates without success. He did however, find a small Jet deposit near the Dead Sea and used it to cure his swollen knees.
While Jet is found in numerous locations worldwide, the most famous Jet deposit is the one just offshore of Whitby, England. Evidence of Jet mining in the region dates as far back as 1500 BCE, and the English gemstone was an important export during the Roman Era as well as during the Viking Period. Since the Victorian Era, Jet has been closely linked to death and grieving. Queen Victoria (1819-1901) spent almost 40 years in mourning after losing her husband, and during that time period wore black exclusively, including a tremendous amount of Jet jewelry. Today the Whitby mines are closed, but Jet can still be gathered legally by scouring the beaches. The actual deposit is on a shelf below the water, approximately a mile away from shore. Storms violently knock against the shelf, breaking up the Jet and washing it onto the beach.
One of the more intriguing stories about Jet is it’s possible link to the Anatolian Mother-Goddess Cybele. This complex and demanding deity was an Earth Goddess and Mother Goddess, linked to ecstatic rites and wild public rituals. She was also represented by a variety of black stones, including Jet, which was widely worn by her devoted followers. Cybele was worshiped throughout the Mediterranean, and eventually her reach extended across the entire Roman Empire, including Britain.
Cybele’s male priesthood proved their devotion to the Goddess by castrating themselves, and wearing women’s clothing. This sacrifice mimicked the castration of Cybele’s husband/son Attis, who was so ashamed at having betrayed Cybele with a mortal woman that he cut off his own genitals. In another myth, Attis died in an accident, but was later resurrected, a situation that allowed Cybele to play the role of the grieving mother/wife. In 2002, archaeologists working in Yorkshire, England announced they had found the skeleton of one of Cybele’s priests. Known as Skeleton 952, he was buried wearing a decadent three-strand necklace of Jet. The skeleton also carried two round pieces of Jet in his mouth, which theoretically symbolized his lost manhood which might be returned to him in the afterlife!
Healing Properties of Jet
Spiritual: Jet is a stone for Old Souls, those individuals who are born with an innate wisdom and common sense that transcends their actual age. However, Jet also helps cultivate these traits in the Young Souls, those who are still at the beginning of their spiritual journey. Jet offers protection during psychic travel and spiritual rituals, and can be used to keep the Dark Forces at bay. Jet awakens the Kundalini serpent and Shakti energy, and encourages this fiery power to move upward towards the crown and lead us to Enlightenment. It helps us to recognize our own unique brand of magic and to use it for the benefit of both our spiritual and earthly life. Jet is attuned to the Root Chakra and linked to the astrological sign of Capricorn. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the Number 8.
Emotional: Jet is an exceptional grounding stone which also lifts us up emotionally. It draws out negative energy that has gotten stuck in our emotional body and also helps us to work through any confusing emotions we are struggling with. Jet helps us to look calmly at our own fears and to assess whether or not those fears have any basis in reality. If they are deemed “real” fears, then Jet helps us to see a clear path forward, so we know can plan our response if the worst comes to pass. Jet is traditionally used for mourning and can offer comfort after the death of a loved one. Jet encourages us to see what lessons we can learn from every experience, both those which are happy and those which are less than ideal.
Mental: Jet encourages us to step into our personal power and take control of our own life. It helps us to honestly assess ourselves and our actions, and to acknowledge our shortcomings and celebrate our gifts. Jet encourages us to stop trying to cultivate “self-esteem” which requires constant successes in order to be maintained, and instead cultivate “self-kindness” which imbues us with grace and dignity, regardless of life’s ups and downs. Jet stabilizes finances and reminds us to save more money, for rainy days as well as for sunny ones!
Physical: Jet has been used by metaphysical healers to patch up any leaks or holes in the aura field, chakras or meridians. Such energetic wounds are thought to contribute to many physical illnesses that later develop. Jet is believed to treat migraines and the common cold. It is also said to reduce menstrual cramps and stomach pains.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Earth to Pocket
Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.
These Jets were mined in Russia and tumbled in China.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Jet for you.
This price is for one stone.
You can buy a single Jet or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Jet measures at least 1 inch at its longest length and have a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips and pure black. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their pure color and clean energies, these Jets are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
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Unique Traits ♥
Jet can generate an electric charge when rubbed!
When touched by red-hot metal, Jet will emit a smell similar to coal.
Good to Know:
Jet is very light-weight compared to most other stones, in fact it will float or sink very slowly in salt water.
Jet can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Jet can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Jet can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing its color. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
Tumbled and fully smooth Jet can be safely used to make direct-infusion “Jet Water” for drinking or bathing. Before making any direct-infusion elixir ALWAYS check the mineralogical properties of the stone to ensure it is not toxic. Only use fully tumbled stones or natural Quartz points in direct-infusion elixirs, never rough stones. When in doubt, make an indirect-infusion elixir instead.
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