Handmade Fordite Jewelry
These stud earrings each have a Fordite stone, also known as Motor Agate. This stone comes from car manufacturing plants back in the mid-1900's. Back then, cars were spray-painted in paint booths and over a long period of time over-spray would build up on the walls and floors. Eventually, this paint would need to be cut and removed and this was the result. Because the designs in the stones formed from the many different layers of paint, stones can have vastly different looks. It amazes me that someone was creative enough to first make this into Fordite jewelry. Today, cars are painted differently so Fordite is no longer produced. Because of the rarity and interesting story, Fordite jewelry has gained a lot of popularity in the last couple years. These particular earrings came from a Corvette plant and were handmade by Gary Glandon right here at the Stagecoach. Each earring measures just under 1" long by 7/16" wide and have solid sterling silver posts of the back.