JET is a fossil mineral originally vegetal formed in the Jurassic. Black, light, warm and with a soft touch.
Very appreciated, it has been used as ornamental stone since ancient times by Egyptians, Phoenicians, Etruscans or Romans. Originally carved with files, gouges and a lathe, it´s mined from the nearest field of Asturias, considered the best jet based on its intense bright black color, achieved by manual burnishing.
Jet goldwork is the most distinctive traditional craft in Compostela. It´s considered the “jacobeo” emblem by the peregrines who travelled to Compostela for centuries, and represents the talisman of de Way of St. James, peregrine guardian.
Nowadays is still well established in Galicia, land of spirits and witches, and is attributed curative properties and against “evil eye”.