Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I’m doing an A-Z of Colours. I’ll be doing a variety of posts, including haikus and poems, arts and crafts, fashion and beauty, recipes and more!
Complementary colours: Goes with anything!
Plants and flowers: black dahlia, black pansies, calla lillies, bat orchid, black magic hollyhock, black velvet petunia
Animals: Jaguar, panthers, Celebes Crested Macaque monkeys, beetles, many insects, Eastern grey squirrels, many dog and cat breeds, friesian horses, bears, bats, rats, Mexican black kingsnakes, scorpions, many birds (eg. ravens, crows, blackbirds).
Foods: Licorice, blackberries, black lentils, black beans, oreo cookies, espresso, dark chocolate, wild canadian rice, black olives, black pudding, caviar, many types of mushroom.
|Examples of Whitby Jet jewellery from W Hamond|
The mineraloid jet has been used to make decorative objects such as jewellery and ornaments since the Neolithic period. Jet is made from decaying wood under extreme pressure over millions of years. During Roman times, people saw it as a magical material and often used it to make amulets and pendants because it supposedly deflected the gaze of the evil eye and protected the bearer.
The Victorians used it to make mourning jewellery because of its sombre colour and modest appearance, and jet beaded necklaces were fashionable in the 1920s. If you’d like to know more, Whitby Jet has some really interesting information.
Jet can be carved into amazing designs by a lapidary (an artist who creates decorative items from stone, minerals or gemstones) but it can be difficult to carve fine details without breaking it, so the craft takes a lot of time to master. There are some beautiful examples of jet artwork on Etsy, or you can buy stunning jet jewellery from W Hamond (est 1860!)
My Jet Black Polyvore Creations