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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Ancient Protection "

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Jet is not a gemstone in a traditional sense, but of organic origin as it once carried life, and is the product of fossilized wood. Much like coal, Jet was formed from the remains of wood that had been immersed in water for millions of years, after which it had been compacted and then fossilized. When burned or touched with a hot implement, Jet often exudes the characteristic smell of coal.

Jet has been said to have been used since 1400 BC.  Carved and crafted pieces of Jet have been found in prehistoric burial mounds. Legend tells us that the Greeks believed that wearing Jet would ensure favor of the Gods. Medieval healers believed that burning Jet around a patient was a cure not only for fevers, but for all manner of illnesses. It was said that Jet would invoke favor of God. So in the 16th century, Jet was often the component most used to create rosary bead for monks.  Pueblo Indians were found to have buried Jet with their dead, believing it would protect their souls in the afterlife.

Due to it’s somber coloring and modest appearance, Jet was often chosen for jewelry during mourning periods during the Victorian times.


Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 2.5 with a amorphous crystal structure

Just as coal is formed, Jet is the remains of wood immersed in water millions of years ago that was then compacted and fossilized by the pressures of earth.

Generally Jet is colored black, but has presented as dark brown as well; often containing inclusions of Pyrite, carrying with it a metallic luster.

Due to the fact that Jet is organic, not a mineral or stone, there is the possibility that it may dry out, causing the surface to crack, one must take care in any Jet pieces one may possess.

Also called Black Amber (although not amber at all),  Jet may induce an electric charge when rubbed, just as Amber does; an amusing coincidence.



Metaphysical Properties

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Jet has historically been used as a protection stone, as it has been used to dispel fearful thoughts and is told to protect the wearer from evil and violence. It’s powerful protection energies are said to ward off evil, negativity, as well as psychic attacks.  Jet is considered one of the most powerful absorbers of “negative energy” not just around one but within one as well (such as depression).

It is told that one who is attracted to this stone to be an “old soul” who may have an extensive experience with life through reincarnations. As legend tells us that when Jet is worn or carried on the body continuously, it is thought to absorb the bearers “soul”, so these stones were carefully guarded and passed down through long lines of families.

Jet helps one to be alert to all things and quickly compile constructive solutions to any problems that may arise. Jet is said to have the power to control all demons, and thus prevent one from demonic possession. It draws out negative energy from the aura, and can initiate psychic experiences. It uncovers past negative energies that one may still carry in the subconscious mind, and will assist one in understanding, work with, and dispel those energies.

Learn more about the Color Black!

Healing Properties

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Mystically, Jet is considered a “stone of sympathy”, as it provides great support and assistance to alleviate the pain and suffering associated by separation by death of a loved one.

It also helps to ease headache pain directly behind the eyes, and used to treat migraines. Said to psychologically promote taking control of one’s life; balancing mood swings and alleviating all types of depression bringing about balance and stability.

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. Another cleansing manner is to bury the Jet in the dirt overnight; a full or new moon assisting with the cleansing.

Neither water nor sun should be used in it’s cleansing or charging, but water may be used to craft an elixir.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Receptive
Element: Earth & Akasha
Planet: Saturn
Power: Divination, Projection & Protection
Candle Color: Black

Jet is a protective stone that it said to protect one against evil spirits, magic spells, and witchcraft. It should also protect it’s owner from enemies, known and unknown.

Amber and Jet are considered magically matched, and both gemstones have been found in many a prehistoric grave site. To ensure a restful night’s sleep void of nightmares, wear Jet, place it under the pillow, or hang it on the bed post for protection in the night.

To strengthen psychic awareness, prepare an elixir with shavings of Jet in a clear glass bottle, fill with water, and keep in the sun until the water warms. When preparing, contact the psychic mind or work with divination, filter out the Jet and drink the water just before work begins.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of:  Capricorn

Associations: Saturn

Birthstone: Not a Birthstone of any month.

To dream of Jet signals an upcoming period of time when events may be not as light hearted as usual.

Chakra Properties

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Jet is often associated with the 1st, Base/Root Chakra for it’s grounding strength. But when used on the upper Chakras, Jet will assist in raising the Kundalini energy in a stable manner from the Base to the Crown, thus assisting with transcendence.

Jet is most effective and most powerful when placed on the 6th, Third Eye/Brow Chakra to open one to the psychic mind. 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 to strengthen psychic abilities and awareness.


Information Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003
Love Is In The Earth by Melody, 1997
Wheels of Life
by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000
Crystal Enchantments by D.J. Conway, 1999
Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones
by Cally Hall, 1994
Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002
Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005
Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran, 2008
The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003
Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005
Healing Crystals and Gemstones
by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002
Personal Experience and Personal Accounts of Others In the Metaphysical Field of Work

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is not to take the place of professional medical advice. Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen, and balance and thereby promote healing. Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for proper care. If you are ill, we beseech you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician.

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