Leland Blue River


4.5cm long x 1.25cm wide

Hangs from 18″ sterling silver oxidized chain.

Created in Bayfield, WI

1 in stock


Blueeeeeee riverrrrrrr…. sing it with me, friends. This delicate Leland stone is not with out texture and detail. My friend MK thinks it looks like wake and ripples left from a canoe quietly meandering its way down the water.  What do you see?


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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