Leland Blue Skull Pendant in Sterling Silver
This is a magnificent specimen of Leland Blue, (an explanation of the material is provided below.) expertly carved by labidary artist Gary B. Wilson. It has been set in a double layer of hand-textured sterling silver sheet in a smooth bezel. The backside features a handstamped crystal motif above the Verdilune hallmark.19" sterling silver rolo chain, finished with a lobster clasp closure. The pendant has been oxidized in liver of sulphur and polished to bring out the highlights of the silver.
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