Leland Blue and Sterling Silver Necklace
This Leland Blue and Sterling Necklace pays homage to my home in northern Michigan ~ home of the Leland Blue Stone.
The story of the Leland Blue Stone is not exactly as alluring as finding one on the beaches in northern Michigan. The Leland Blue Stone is actually slag – a waste product from the smelting process used in the late 1800s by the Leland Lake Superior Iron Company. Leland Blue stones have a very wide range of colors and shapes, the name being a bit misleading. There’s a huge variation in stones, from shades of green, purple, and gray to the more traditional blue stones that are often pitted from air bubbles… however, these imperfections are what can add beauty to the stones – including range in color and overall texture. Beautiful small Leland Blue rounds are matched with sterling silver to create an elegant but rustic looking stone bracelet. The clasp and catch are of sterling silver. The sterling silver wire wrapping includes my signature ball end wraps, creating one more interesting detail to your bracelet.
I adore Leland Blue, mainly because of those little air pockets and differences in color. It's one of my favorite stones. These stones are a mix of colors, but are all centered around what some of us up north call the "Frankfort Green" colors of Leland Blue. A very organic and classic look.
I got these Leland Blue beads from a stone cutter from northern Michigan, who no longer does this work. Before he retired, I bought all he had. I use them carefully and thoughtfully, honoring what he has done to create beauty from the stones - once I have used all I have, there will be no more. These are treasures.
The necklace is 24" in length, and features Leland Blue Stones around the entire necklace. This is a beauty. The necklace features a handmade clasp and catch.
This would feel at home with jeans and a t-shirt as well as a little black dress. Truly a classic piece to show your style. This piece is one-of-a-kind, and you will receive the exact necklace pictured.
This necklace would pair beautifully well with my Leland Blue "classic stone bracelets" and my Leland Blue earrings ~ all classic, rustic and refined. They'll show off your inner artsy!
All of my jewelry comes packaged in a handmade cloth pouch, suitable for gifting. I hope you truly love your new piece!
Caring for your new jewelry is easy. The best way to care for it, is to wear it!! Jewelry that is worn tarnishes more slowly, so wear and enjoy.
Should you notice a bit of tarnish, you may use a Sunshine Cloth or any other dry polish cloths. Please avoid any pastes or liquids when polishing. If you have a piece with stones, please note that anything liquid or paste may harm the stones or discolor them.
If trying to sanitize, sterling silver jewelry may be wiped gently with alcohol. Avoid rubbing alcohol on the stones - I can't guarantee the results. Please also avoid using bleach on sterling silver, as it will turn black. If it does, a polish with a Sunshine cloth will have it good as new!!