Long Rectangle Detroit Fordite Striped Earrings
Made from authentic Detroit Fordite, these dangle earrings have a dramatic striped pattern and are beautifully matched. Black and white stripes showcase the layers of paint that have made Fordite famous! The custom-cut cabochons are set in hand-fabricated sterling silver settings, and are suspended from sterling lever-backs.
What Is Fordite?
Also known as Detroit or Motor City Agate, Fordite is the by-product of automobile manufacturers from the now obsolete practice of hand spray-painting cars on the production line. Multiple layers of differently colored paint overspray would build up on the tracks, and eventually had to be removed when it started obstructing the tracks. Once it was removed, people noticed how aesthetically beautiful it was, and its ability to be cut and polished into sculptures and gemstones. Artists started begging for the material, and Fordite was born! People knowledgeable in classic cars can actually point to certain colors in Fordite and name the car and production year it came from. What a great way to own a piece of history!