Leland Blue Stone Silver Necklace

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Leland Blue Stone Silver Necklace

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This Leland Blue Stone Silver Necklace is 1" tall and 1/2" wide and a light to medium turquoise in color. Many different variations and shades of the Famous Leland Blue Stone. We hand pick all our beach stones right here in Leelanau County on the shores of Lake Michigan, Each piece is handcrafted with much care and love at The Local Emporium where we specialize in making very unique and special jewelry that you won't find anywhere else. We do not polish or shine up our stones, we leave them in their raw form, just the way they are found.  Since we do have a Botanical Blending Bar inside, with 100's of Essential oils, we do, however, enjoy rubbing the oils in the stones and rocks to bring the pattern out a little more! 

HISTORY OF THE LELAND BLUE STONE: 

From 1870 to 1885, Leland was a 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.

But for many locals, Leland Blue has become much more than a waste product. Leland Blue has become the industry itself — but in true Northern Michigan style, it’s not so much an industry as it is a way of life. More than just a quintessentially Northern Michigan stone, Leland Blue is the foundation of a whole lifestyle that has seamlessly blended the business of selling Leland Blue with the love of finding and working with it.

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