Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Fordite or "Detroit Agate"

If you love reused or recycled elements in your jewelry, take a look at this! Fordite (or "Detroit Agate") was taken in its raw form from the spray booth at the Ford River Rouge plant in the late 1970s. Chunks of layered automotive overspray were painstakingly removed from the walls and conveyor, then cut and polished into gems. Patterns emerge from the Fordite depending on the angle of the cut or depth of the polishing. Since technology has replaced the spray booth, Fordite has become increasingly rare and valuable.

Gallery Fifty has an exclusive arrangement with James Blanchard who creates this unique jewelry by setting the gems into his contemporary designs. You can see samples of Jim's other Fordite pieces along with pricing on our website at: