Petoskey Stone & Leland Bluestone Two Stone Pendant set in Sterling Silver, 47.6 x23.7mm. This is a one-of-a-kind (ooak) art piece. I personally hand-cut the cabochons, then hand-forged the metalwork to take advantage of the beauty of the stones.
Petoskey stone is a rock and a fossil, often pebble-shaped, that is composed of a fossilized coral. It can be found on various beaches in Northern Michigan with many of the most popular being those surrounding Petoskey and Charlevoix. Similar fossil corals occur in a variety of locations, however, the name Petoskey stone should only be applied to those from Northern Michigan.
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 a 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.