Agate Bowl, Idar-Oberstein, Germany--The bowl was carved from a block of Brazilian agate before WWII. The carver retained the small quartz crystals which had formed on the surface of the agate. 10-1/4x8x5 inches
"Detroit Agate",or Fordite - is NOT an agate at all - it is a product of the car-painting process. The original material was created many years ago at the Ford Rouge Plant just outside of Detroit, Michigan. Layer upon layer, paint over-spray built up on metal racks that transported new car bodies through the paint shop, and into the oven, where each coat was baked hard.
Fordite Cabochon, aka Detroit Agate. Not an agate, just a happy accident! The original material was created many years ago at the Ford Rouge Plant outside Detroit, MI. Layer upon layer of paint overspray built up on metal racks that trans-ported new car bodies through the paint shop & into the oven, where each coat was baked hard: from the black & brown enamel of the late 1940s, to the colorful lacquers of the 1960s, to the vibrant base coats of the late 1980s