Leland Michigan. Little known. Lake side town. A gem of the mitten state. But there's more to Leland than scenic views.
"During the years of 1870 to 1885, Leland, Michgian was just another smog-filled industrial town, the main industry of which was anchored by the Leland Lake Superior Iron Company. After the smelting industry failed because of large overhead costs and the lack of a good harbor in Leland, the remains of the industry, including heaps of slag, were dumped into the harbor. Slag is a byproduct of the smelting process: raw ore is heated, and the desired iron ore is separated from various natural impurities. When those impurities cool, the result is stone-like slag. Leland Blue, specifically, is the mix of blue glass with other chemicals — but this varying chemical medley can also cause the slag to appear purple, gray, or a shade of green. Today, people find this slag material on the shores of Leland’s beaches." (from MyNorth.com)
To me? Leland Blue is a beauty from ashes. Something discarded becoming something treasured and beautiful. I love it in it's raw state. It has character. Depth. It tells a story. And blue is the most calming of colors.
This one of a kind pendant is no exception. Set in a simple prong setting to show off the "stone", on a substantial sterling silver chain.
- sterling silver
- Leland Blue
- length 18"
Each piece is handcrafted in our Grand Haven, Michigan studio.