Fordite Pendant set in sterling silver. Approx 35mm X 55mm.
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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.