J is for Jet Black #AtoZChallenge

Posted 11th April 2015 by Tizzy Brown in Blog Fests & Hops, Fashion & Beauty / 🗨4 Comments

Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I’m doing an A-Z of Colours. I’ll be doing a variety of posts, including haikus and poems, arts and crafts, fashion and beauty, recipes and more!    

For the letter ‘J’ I have chosen the colour Jet. This is the darkest shade of black, named after a mineraloid similar to coal (not a true gemstone as people sometimes think). This Pinterest board has some amazing jet black inspiration.

Keep reading to discover the symbolism behind this colour, see my Polyvore creations, learn more about jet carvings and listen to a little music 🙂

Symbolism

Jet black symbolises power, strength and danger. It has long been associated with death, mourning, evil, witchcraft and superstition-probably because it is the colour of darkness and shadow. However, in fashion it’s associated with class, sophistication and sexiness (as in ‘a Little Black Dress’). It’s a colour that never goes out of style.

Complementary colours: Goes with anything!

Plants and flowers: black dahlia, black pansies, calla lillies, bat orchid, black magic hollyhock, black velvet petunia

Animals: Jaguar, panthers, Celebes Crested Macaque monkeys, beetles, many insects, Eastern grey squirrels, many dog and cat breeds, friesian horses, bears, bats, rats, Mexican black kingsnakes, scorpions, many birds (eg. ravens, crows, blackbirds).

Foods: Licorice, blackberries, black lentils, black beans, oreo cookies, espresso, dark chocolate, wild canadian rice, black olives, black pudding, caviar, many types of mushroom. 

Jet Carving

Examples of Whitby Jet jewellery from W Hamond

The mineraloid jet has been used to make decorative objects such as jewellery and ornaments since the Neolithic period. Jet is made from decaying wood under extreme pressure over millions of years. During Roman times, people saw it as a magical material and often used it to make amulets and pendants because it supposedly deflected the gaze of the evil eye and protected the bearer.

The Victorians used it to make mourning jewellery because of its sombre colour and modest appearance, and jet beaded necklaces were fashionable in the 1920s. If you’d like to know more, Whitby Jet has some really interesting information.

Jet can be carved into amazing designs by a lapidary (an artist who creates decorative items from stone, minerals or gemstones) but it can be difficult to carve fine details without breaking it, so the craft takes a lot of time to master. There are some beautiful examples of jet artwork on Etsy, or you can buy stunning jet jewellery from W Hamond (est 1860!)

My Jet Black Polyvore Creations

Black or White

Little Black Cat


And finally…


How cheery 🙂
Do you like jet black? What do you think of the jewellery and carvings?

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4 responses to “J is for Jet Black #AtoZChallenge

  1. Annalisa Crawford

    The jewellery is beautiful. I love black and white outfits, but I can’t wear them myself because my old school uniform was black and white, so I immediately think of school. On other people, it’s so stylish.

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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