Fordite, also known as Detroit Agate or Motor Agate is old automobile paint which has hardened sufficiently to be cut and polished as a gemstone.
The original Fordite started in the late 1900s at the first factory (Ford Rouge Plant) Detroit, the Corvette factory was Flint, Michigan which moved in 1954 to st Louis Minnesota.
These gorgeous stones were accidentally created from car paint in old auto factories. Layer upon layer of different colours built up on the racks and rails, each time the skids were heated in the kilns, the paint would harden and a beautiful gemstone was created.
A gemologist recognized their potential as an eco friendly gemstone, cutting through the layers on an angle creates stunning colourful cabochons for jewellery.
We import all of our rough Fordite from contacts in Michigan and Minnesota it is then cut and polished in our onsite workshop in Castleton.
All jewellery on our online shop is available in a variety of different stones including fordite. All designed and created in our onsite workshop in Castleton in the Peak District.
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