Perched raven hand carved out of jet.
40 x 2 5x 68 mm
Jet is a type of lignite, a precursor to coal, and is considered a gemstone. Jet is not a mineral, but rather a mineraloid. It has an organic origin, derived from decaying wood under extreme pressure from millions of years ago, commonly the wood of trees of the family Araucariaceae. Jet is found in two forms: hard and soft. Hard jet is the result of the carbon compression and salt water; soft jet is the result of the carbon compression and fresh water.