All pendants are created using the fabrication method, handcrafted from a flat piece of .925 sterling silver. Each design begins with the focus on simplicity to emphasize the qualities of the unique stone it carries. Each stone has been hand cut or specially selected, often in their place of origin, chosen for its high quality of color and clarity. Whether solid based or pierced and etched, and with careful filing and sanding, it develops its own personality and uniqueness. Finally, three stages of polishing provide a brilliant, glistening finish.
Sleek In Silver
All pendant designs are sleek so attention can be given to the stones they hold. Unique stones from all over the world are selected but this page features some of Michigan's stones. There are the favorites: the Leland Blue and our state stone, the Petosky, but there are others equally distinctive and unique to Michigan. All works shown here are current gallery pieces, representative of the type of jewelry that can be custom created.
The Leland Blue comes in varying shades of blue reaching from almost black to shades of teal and purple. Often calcite inclusions create their own fascinating patterns within the blue. Whether deep blue quiet and deep or light blue dancing with story, the Leland is loved. Technically, an antique foundry glass (1875-1900), the Leland Blue is a by-product of the smelting process used in the days of smelting iron ore in Northwestern Michigan. The days of smelting iron ore ceased by 1900, but the unique glass still finds its way from time to time on the beaches around the town of Leland.
Copper Brick (1870-1940) has a similar story. While the Leland Blue was the slag that came from the smelting process, this stone is actually from the ceramic furnace brick that lined the copper ore smelters in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Over decades of use, these bricks eroded and molten copper then filled the voids. In the 50s when the smelters were torn down, most of the bricks were re-possessed for their copper value. Only few remained to become a truly unique and unusual Michigan "gem".
The Petosky Stone (Hexagonia Pericarnata), is actually a colony of coral fossil. The illusive and highly revered stone was formed 350 million years ago in the Devonian period when plants and primitive amphibians were just getting their start. Characteristic to the Petosky is its intricate honeycomb pattern making each stone distinctive. Found mostly around the small community of Petosky, its namesake, the Petosky stone's prized status has earned it the distinction of becoming Michigan's State Stone.
Mohawkite is one of the rarest and most interesting of all the gem materials found in Michigan. Discovered in only 2 copper mines in the Keweenaw Peninsula, it is a combination of copper, nickel and silver embedded in white quartz. None of this material has been mined for over 70 years.
Pyrite & Hematite. Pyrite, an iron sulfide, is found in many Michigan counties and commonly known as "fools gold". It is a favorite among rock collectors because of its beautiful luster. Hematite, an iron oxide, is one of the more common minerals on earth and is found in giant iron bands. When Hematite forms near water, as it does in northern Michigan, it is usually grey in color. When Pyrite and Hematite mix, a beautiful silver grey base is infused by rich accents of gold.
Jaspilite is a rare, dense sedimentary rock consisting of alternating layers of hematite, red jasper and magnetite. Its high Iron content makes it magnetic. This unusual reddish and silvery grey-banded rock is found in Michigan’s far-western Upper Peninsula but considered extinct, as it is Proterozoic in age and not formed today.
#3093 Leland Blue $95. 2" x .75"
#3090 Leland Blue $155. 1.75" x 1.25"
#3121 Copper Brick $130. 1" x 1.75"
#3136 Oriental Petosky $90. 1.25" x 1.50"
#3103 Mohawkite $178. 1.50" x .75"
#3014 Pyrite & Hematite $160. 1.75" x .90"
#3011 Jaspelite $110. 1.75" x .75"