Jet is organic in origin, and is also known as black amber, although it is not actually an amber, but rather fossilized wood. Like coal it is formed by the remains of wood that has been immersed in water for millions of years, then compacted and fossilized. When burned or touched with a hot implement, it often exudes the characteristic smell of coal.
It was used extensively in mourning jewelry in Victorian times due to its somber color and modest appearance. This stone has long been considered a stone for alleviating and bringing grief to the surface to be healed. Medieval healers believed that burning jet was a cure for fevers and all manner of different illnesses.
It has been mined since 1400BC and worked pieces of jet have been found in prehistoric burial mounds. In the 16th century jet was used to create rosary beads for monks, as it was told that the gemstone would invoke the favor of God, the Greeks believed that wearing jet would ensure the favor of Gods, and the Pueblo Indians buried the gemstone with their dead, as it was believed it would protect them in the after life.
Mohs Hardness of 2.5 with a amorphous crystal structure.
Like coal, jet is formed from the remains of wood immersed in stagnant water millions of years ago, then compacted and fossilized by the pressures of burial in the earth.
There is evidence that suggests that Jet may have been mined since about 1400BC; remains of worked Jet pieces have been found in prehistoric burial mounds.
Jet is generally black or dark brown, and may contain inclusions of pyrite, which may create a brassy, metallic luster. Due to the fact that jet is organic, it may dry out, causing the surface to crack, so take care in any jet pieces that you may own.
Also called Black Amber, Jet may induce and electric charge when rubbed, just as an amber does…contrary to this commonality, jet is not amber, and should not be considered such.
Jet has historically been used as a protection stone and is said to have very powerful protection energies to ward off evil, negativity, as well as psychic attacks, it is considered one of the most powerful absorbers of “negative energy, i.e., depression.
Because it absorbs so much negative energy, and therefore very beneficial if you are prone to depression or it’s ailments.
Jet helps the wearer to be alert to all things and quickly come up with constructive solutions to any problems.
Jet is said to control all demons and thus prevent demonic possession. It draws out negative energy from the aura, and can initiate psychic experiences. It uncovers past negative energies a person still carried in their subconscious mind, and will help in understanding and working with life and karmic cycles.
Mystically, jet is considered a stone of sympathy, as it will provide great support and help alleviate the pain and suffering associated by separation of the death of a loved one.
It also helps to ease headache pain directly behind the eyes.
Jet should be frequently cleansed of the acquired negative energy and recharged by placing it in sea salt one night and among rock crystals the next. Neither water nor sun should be used in it’s cleansing and charging.
Element: Earth, Akasha Deity: Cybele Powers: Protection, divination, luck, health
Jet is a protective stone that protects against evil spirits, magic spells and witchcraft. It should also protect it’s owner from enemies. According to legend, jet worn continuously on the body, is thought to absorb the wearer’s soul. While this is true of many stones, jet was thought to be especially powerful, and such stones were carefully guarded, for in the wrong hands they could be used to manipulate their original wearer.
Along with amber, which jet is magically “married”, this beautiful black gemstone has been found in many a prehistoric grave sites.
Contemporary Wiccan high priestesses, especially those who follow the basic ritual patterns popularized by the late Gerald Gardner, often wear necklaces of alternating amber and jet gemstone beads.
Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month Stone of Capricorn, to dream of jet means an upcoming period of time when events may be depressing.
Jet is most effective and most powerful when placed on the 6th, or Third Eye/Brow Chakra.
In direct chakra therapy, one should lie on the back in a relaxed manner, place the stone in the middle of your forehead or over the Third Eye, and simply concentrate on your 6th, or Third Eye/Brow Chakra, it will help strengthen psychic abilities and awareness.
Although jet is associated with the 1st, or Root/Base Chakra, when used on the upper Chakras, jet helps Kundalini energy raise in a stable way from the base to the 7th, or Crown Chakra, thus assisting with transcendence.