Magic in Leland Blue Slag Glass Pendant 187
1.9 x 7 cm including bail
Hangs from an 18″ Sterling Silver rolo chain
Handmade in Bayfield, WI
1 in stock
1 in stock
This can only be described as a statement piece. The shape and size of this piece of Leland Blue looks like it could easily contain enough magic to be used as a wand.
The swirls in the slag glass look like waves rolling off the edges of the rocks along the lakeshore. Drops of Blue Topaz drip off the rocks and gently fall back into the lake.
The Sterling Silver back piece compliments the shape of the Leland Blue and the two Blue Topaz stones. The piece is hand textured with thousands of tiny dots for extra magical sparkle.
Leland slag is not really a true gem, nor is it sea glass. It is in a category all its own. Leland Slag is byproduct of smelting iron-ore, which is no longer done. It is waste, tossed aside into Lake Michigan never to be seen again until now... 145 years later. It is a beautiful stone that has earned a spot in my lineup. Read the nerdy, yet necessary, natural history below.
LELAND BLUE (ANTIQUE FOUNDRY GLASS) c. 1875-1900
This unique “gem” is a byproduct of the short-lived days of smelting iron ore in Northwest Lower Michigan. The ore from the Upper Peninsula’s Mesabi iron range arrived in Leelanau County by schooner. A charcoal made from beech and maple hardwoods plus a local limestone flux were used to refine the ore. The slag byproduct was considered waste and dumped into Lake Michigan.
This material ranges in color from black to green, to blue and purple, with the various shades of water-like blues being the most prized and rare. Under 2% of the slag created was blue, depending on environmental factors. The lucky and determined beachcomber may still find pebbles along the shore.