Leland Bluestone and Sterling Silver Pendant, 36.0 x 25.1mm. This is a one of a kind (ooak) art piece. I personally hand cut the cabochon from Leland Bluestone rough. Leland Bluestone is actually glass slag, I hand forged the metalwork to take advantage of the beauty of the stone. This piece features a medium blue cabochon and open back.
From 1870 to 1885, Leland, Michigan was a smog-filled industrial town, the main industry was conducted by the Leland Lake Superior Iron Company. The smelting industry failed due to large overhead costs and the lack of a good harbor in Leland, the remains of the industry, including heaps of slag, were dumped into the harbor. Slag is a byproduct of the smelting process: raw ore is heated, and the desired iron ore is separated from various natural impurities. When those impurities cool, the result is stone-like slag. Leland Blue is the mixture of blue glass with other chemicals — but the varying chemicals can also cause the slag to appear purple, gray, or a shade of green. Today, people find this slag material on the shores of Leland’s beaches.
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