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Jet from Newcastle
« on: March 11, 2022, 07:26:53 PM »
I recently bought a small piece of polished jet and was told it came from the Newcastle coal mines and could be found on between the seams. This was the first i  had heard of this occurrence of jet.  I knew there used to be a jet mine in Hartley Vale in the 1800s but to my knowledge there is no trace of it now. I didn't think jet was necessarily associated with coal seams. Has anyone else heard of newcastle jet (apart from the footballers!)?


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Re: Jet from Newcastle
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2022, 08:11:01 PM »
I just googled Jet. I wonder if that is what I've dug down here in Tas digging for wood. I didn't know it was called Jet. Was thinking of making chess pieces from it. Real glassy black.


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Re: Jet from Newcastle
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2022, 04:58:52 PM »
thanks! This stuff has a kind of low gloss on it when polished and is fairly light. Was popular in the Victorian era apparently. 


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Re: Jet from Newcastle
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2022, 11:05:50 AM »
Sounds interesting ann3244, I always like to know the provenance for any shop bought items, adds to the fun! Whilst I haven't heard of Newcastle jet myself, I was fortunate to find some jet whilst on a recent short breakaway with the fam (we were just above Batesmans Bay).

Curious if anyone here has previously worked with jet (tumble, lap or facet)?


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Re: Jet from Newcastle
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2022, 02:45:41 PM »
Any possibility it came from Newcastle, in the UK? They certainly mined coal there.


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Re: Jet from Newcastle
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2022, 08:47:50 AM »
My thoughts exactly wallie. Jet is fossilised Monkey Puzzle tree famously from around Whitby which is a short distance from Newcastle UK.


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