'Black Friday' came over from the USA as one of the busiest shopping days of the year immediately after the famous Thanks Giving Day.
At Top Banana you can put a different twist on the day and start Christmas shopping by looking through the many items of smart black jewellery we have.
Particularly in the mid Victorian period and the Jazz age of Art Deco, black jewellery was considered very chic, particularly when set in silver as a contrast.
Today the understated smartness of these items still rings true as an elegant accessory to any outfit.
Whitby jet from Yorkshire became fashionable in the 19th century, it is actually fossilized wood found in that area which was forested with exotic trees, similar to the monkey puzzle of today. This fossilized wood is 182 million years old.
As demand outstretched production of genuine jet so 'French Jet' came into vogue. This is a term used for the high quality black glass pieces that originated probably in Bohemia.
Be it either 'French' or Whitby Jet, these smart pieces will make an elegant and much appreciated gift.
A Victorian Brooch in genuine Whitby Jet.