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Fordite Pendant

Fordite pendant set in sterling silver.  Approx 50 mmX 30mm



Fordite, AKA Detroit agate, is an interesting and historic byproduct of a bygone age. These unique “gems” are actually layer upon layer of enamel paint which built up over time in the Ford auto plant paint booths as each car was spray-painted individually. When the paint accumulated into thick layers, it became necessary to remove it, which auto workers did by cracking it off with hammers. The vast majority of this material was discarded, but fortunately a few workers were familiar with lapidary (art of stone-cutting) and salvaged some choice pieces. Today,  this relic of our industrial history is very rare, valuable, and prized.



Welcome to our online store! Each piece of jewelry you'll find here is hand designed by Kathryn Wilson and is truly one-of-a-kind. Together with the lapidary talents of Gary Wilson, they produce stunning, unique, high-quality jewelry. Whether you are looking for a piece of Michigan or a rare mineral from one of the corners of the world, we have what you're looking for. *Please note, that our online store is just a small sampling of our collection. If you don't find what you're looking for, please contact us to see if we have what you are looking for in our Traverse City store.