Birch branch twigs with Leland Blue

$550.00

8 cm at widest. 3 cm high.

Hangs from 16-18″ adjustable oxidized sterling silver rolo chain.

Made in Bayfield, WI

Out of stock

Description

Delicate and simple birch branch twig (cast in sterling silver from a real twig) with 2-4 mm, 1-5mm and 1-freeform triangle Leland Slag Glass Cabs.

LELAND BLUE (ANTIQUE FOUNDRY GLASS) c. 1875-1900

This unique “gem” is a byproduct of the short-lived days of smelting iron ore in Northwest Lower Michigan. The ore from the Upper Peninsula’s Mesabi iron range arrived in Leelanau Co. by schooner. A charcoal made from beech and maple hardwoods plus a local limestone flux were used to refine the ore; the slag byproduct was considered waste and dumped into Lake Michigan. This material ranges in color from black to green, to blue and purple, with the various shades of water-like blues being the most prized and rare. Under 2% of the slag created was blue, depending on environmental factors. The lucky and determined beachcomber may still find pebbles along the shore.

 

 

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Add a review