Every piece of Fordite, also known as Detroit Agate, is a unique object of beauty. Like agate Fordite is cut and polished to reveal the swirling patterns of colors inside. Unlike agate, Fordite comes not from the ground but from the retired paint shops of the automotive industry.
In the old style of painting cars there was a great deal of overspray. This paint built up layer by layer and was baked at high temps between coats. As the story goes, paint shop workers would sometimes knock chunks of the paint buildup loose and take them home as souvenirs.
The colorful buildup was beautiful in its raw form and turned out to be breathtaking once cut and polished, perfect for use in jewelry.
No one knows how much Fordite was saved. Today, there is very little overspray, and it is much harder to find. Modern technology has made the painting process so there is no overspray, so this material is not available anymore. This is just an incredible material with real history!
✦ As with all handmade jewelry, my pieces are delicate and should not be worn during strenuous activity or in water. Please take care to remove all pieces while swimming, bathing, washing hands, playing sports, applying cosmetics, etc.
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