Detroit Fordite Square Stud Earrings
These Fordite studs are adorable! They have a great pattern of orange layers, mixed with black and white with a hint of shimmer in direct light. The cabochons have sterling silver posts and ear nuts for those with metal sensitivities.
I cut and polish each stone by hand without templates; please expect natural, imperfect shapes. They are truly one-of-a-kind!
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!