Category Archives: Organic Gemstones

Jet – Mourning the Popularity of this Organic Gemstone

Jet is an organic gemstone that was made popular by Queen Victoria and is mainly found in Whitby, England.  This black opaque gemstone is used mainly for mourning jewellery.  Who would image that something made of approximately 75% carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur would have been a popular gemstone for jewellery!

Victorian Jet Brooch

Flickr Photo by Nic_Hallford

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Coral – The Animal

Many people think that corals are plants.  They are not plants, they are animals!  If something is an animal then you should see signs of growth.  Can you see signs of growth in these dyed specimens?
Dyed Corallium Specimens

Photo by J. McKercher