The extraordinary story of Whitby jet will be told at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

W Hamond, The Original Whitby Jet Shop, has been selected to exhibit “Whitby Jet – A Journey from Jurassic to Gemstone”.

The garden, designed by Fiona Alexander, will join Welcome to Yorkshire’s Tour de France themed garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Tatton Park Show in July this year.

It will depict the evolution of the Whitby jet gemstone – from its Jurassic beginnings as the wood of the araucaria, or Monkey Puzzle, tree, through the fossilisation process and resulting in the skill of a jeweller who reveals its striking black beauty in the form of a gemstone.

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An artist’s impression of the Whitby jet garden

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