With diverse inspiration ranging from the clean structural lines of minimalist architecture to a placid sky ripped open by a slash of lightning, Jacqueline Cullen’s darkly sensual contemporary Whitby jet jewellery seduces with its luxurious cascades of diamonds flowing from hand carved fissures or glittering diamond coated panels that highlight the drama found between light and shade. Super lightweight, this soft and sensual heritage material lends itself perfectly to dramatic, sculptural but eminently wearable jewellery with a classic but darkly edgy glamour.
Whitby jet is a rare 180 million years old fossil made popular by Queen Victoria and sourced from the North Yorkshire coast in the UK. Jacqueline Cullen’s Whitby based supplier abseils/rappels down the cliffs on ropes to source raw specimens in disused mines and caves. All our collections are entirely handmade in our ateliers based in Whitby and Central London – all fissures and crevices are hand carved by Jacqueline herself. Jacqueline has specialized in Whitby jet for 14 years and is one of the very few people in the UK who still work with this material. She remains committed to reinterpreting this ancient and sensual material for the 21st century audience.