Winged Moon Earrings in Sterling Silver with Leland Blue
Luminescent Leland Blue* waning crescent moons seem to radiate from within. I've set these beautiful stones on hammered and stamped waxing moons made from sterling silver sheet. Hanging beneath each moon is a solid cast sterling silver bee wing. Sterling silver earwires. These are one of a kind!
*From 1870 to 1885, Leland was a smog-filled industrial town in Michigan, 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.