Jacqueline Cullen - Whitby Jet & Black Diamond 18ct Gold Sphere Necklace

$2,665.00 $2,800.00
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Article code JC/P/BB/B
Medium Size - Black Diamonds - 16mm ball - UK
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Whitby jet is a 180 million year old fossilised wood. It is primarily associated with Victorian mourning jewellery popularized by Queen Victoria. Jacqueline Cullen is an English jewellery designer specialising in contemporary Whitby jet. Jacqueline has developed innovative processes and formats that celebrate rather than disguise the inherent flaws and inclusions of Whitby jet allowing the natural beauty of the material to speak for itself removed from connotations of death, grief and morbidity. Jacqueline is inspired by dramatic acts of nature, a placid sky ripped open by a slash of lightening, a volcano erupting, a cliff edge left jagged from erosion. Hiatuses inform her aesthetics and the interruption or breaking up of a bold, fluid form is central to her work where fractures, fissures and crevices release a luxurious cascade of textured gold or glittering diamonds. Jacqueline Cullen is the only person working with Whitby jet in a non-traditional and design led way and she remains committed to introducing this ancient and sensual material to a contemporary audience. Jacqueline Cullen Jewellery has been brought to Australia by BECKER MINTY and is exclusively available from our stores. ABOUT WHITBY JET: Whitby jet is a prehistoric black fossilised wood (ca.180 million years old); it is the whole trunk of Araucaria, the ancestor to the Monkey Puzzle Tree. Used for adornment for thousands of years it is mainly associated with Victorian mourning jewellery. The trend for wearing jet jewellery was started by Queen Victoria in response to the death of her consort Prince Albert in 1861. Mined during its heyday, jet is now rare. Jacqueline Cullen uses only the best quality jet from Whitby; she purchases her supply from a man who abseils down the cliffs to get in to the disused Victorian mines and caves on the Yorkshire coast in north-east England. Delivery 3-6 weeks unless instock