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Gemmology Rocks

Come to the Dark Side with us: There’s dark…and then there’s jet-black - 27th August

Come to the Dark Side with us: There’s dark…and then there’s jet-black - 27th August

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 Jet, often referred to as ‘The Witch’s Stone’ remains one of the least understood gemmological materials on earth. With its roots in prehistory, jet has unusual and anomalous properties, and these attributes, have resulted in its association with magic, witchcraft, and the occult for millennia. It’s present-day association with death and the macabre however, is a Victorian concept, a remnant of the deep wave of mourning which swept through the British Empire following the death of George IV in 1830. 

Join Sarah Caldwell-Steele; 'The Queen of Jet' from Ebor Jetworks, and me, Kerry Gregory; Head of Shiny Stuff at Gemmology Rocks and for an afternoon of the black stuff. Sarah will talk us through some of the myths, beliefs and superstitions as well as science behind these, and also help us to tell the difference between Jet and it’s many many imposters.

A range of Jet and common simulants will be available for you to try your hand at identifying them yourself, also talismans will be provided (we don’t anyone getting hexed now!). As well as witty banter, excellent education, amazing French Patisseries, decent tea and coffee and even a glass of wine should you so desire, all part of your ticket cost.

These afternoons, are informal, fun, educational and a brilliant way to meet new people in the industry. 


Date: 27th August 2023

Time: 14:00 -17:00

Venue: Gemmology Rocks, The Masters House, College Road, Maidstone, ME15 6YQ.

Closest Train Station: Maidstone West (7 minute walk), Maidstone East (12 Minute walk)

Parking: Limited on site. College Road Car Park, ME15 6YH, £1 per hour, cash and Ringgo accepted.

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