I love the lapidary work of the stone artists I buy my cabs from. But I’m a rock picker at heart and I have a fondness of the raw rocks, stones, and gems that I find on my travels. I like the rawness of this chunk of leland glass and decided to show it off as is and paired it with some rough hammered rings. This is definitely a conversation piece.
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.