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Where I have a little cogitate on all things vintage ......

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Les Miserables - French Jet Jewellery

As the world and their granny, mother and her dog have now seen Les Miserables, I can amaze and facinate you with a little factoid...  you may already know this if you've read the book - yes there was a book.
Jean Val Jean makes his fortune from French Jet jewellery and it is what Fantine makes in his factory before her fall into poverty.
French Jet is Black glass and the process to press it into intricate shapes and designs, making it suitable for jewellery manufacture was perfected by the French, hence the name. It was invented as a response to the demand for Whitby Jet jewellery and it was much easier and cheaper to manufacrure jewellery from it, than from Whitby Jet.   

If you'd like to find out more about French Jet then check out our  French Jet information page and if you'd like to find out more about the epic story behine the film and show les Miserables theen read the book. It will take a while, but it is worth it, for the charactures back stories alone.

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