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Leland Slag with Twig Pendant

$198.00

2.7 cm at widest point X 4 cm long

Hangs on 18″ Sterling Silver Rolo Chain

I discounted this piece because I just noticed a tiny hairline fracture in the stone- so much energy trying to get out…

Handmade in Bayfield, WI

1 in stock

Description

Beautiful blues.

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.

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