Silver and Gold Leland Blue Slag Glass Pendant 189
6 cm x 4.24 cm includes bail, stone 4 cm x 3 cm
Hangs from an 18″ sterling silver rolo chain
Handmade In Bayfield, WI.
1 in stock
1 in stock
Wow with the beauty of this Leland Blue slag glass. Set with an open bezel. It shows the unique oscillating cut of the stone. The top of the piece is set with two AAA+ blue topaz and one AAA+ aquamarine. A dot of gold and silver lead the eye to a cast Bayfield birch branch.
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.