Celestial Energy Leland Blue Pendants in Sterling Silver
When I first saw the stones used in this collection, I was amazed by their resemblance to images of deep space and our galaxy. They are not a naturally made material, but a glass-like byproduct known as "Leland Blue." (More on that below.) These were cut by an indie Arizona-based stonecutter who seemed to know instinctively that cutting the material into domed rounds would create tiny "planets." The swirls and streaks resemble clouds of gas or the rings of Saturn. Tiny white inclusions & bubbles mimic twinkling stars.
So what is "Leland Blue"? It's not a natural stone at all, it is actually slag – a waste product from the smelting process used in the late 1800s by the Leland Lake Superior Iron Company. For a more detailed explanation, read this article: http://www.lelandmi.com/about/leland-blue-stones.html
Each pendant is hand fabricated in sterling silver, oxidized in liver of sulphur and then polished to bring out highlights and add dimension. I've added tiny brass or sterling stars & crescent moons. These moons & stars are soldered to prongs that reach over the stones, and look as though they are suspended in space. Each piece is like a wearable 3D diorama of a planetarium show. All are suspended from 18" sterling silver rolo chain with lobster clasp closures.
#1 measures 1 3/4" in diameter.
#2 measures 1 1/4" in diameter.
#3 measures 1 1/4" in diameter.
#4 measures 7/8" in diameter.