About Reycled Jewellery
Fordite, Bowlerite done
Yorkshire Jewellery Company prides itself in using responsibly sourced materials.
One of our favourite materials that we use to create beautiful jewellery is Fordite.
Fordite, also known as Detroit agate and comes in many colours and patterns. Fordite is a man made gemstone and derives from car production plants mainly in America, especially in Detroit hence the name.
Before painting cars became an automated process, they were spray-painted by hand. Overspray in the painting bays gradually accumulated on the tracks and skids on which vehicles rested while they were painted. Over time, hundreds of layers of paint in myriad colours would build up in the ovens where the cars paint was hardened under a high heat. Eventually, the built-up paint would become obstructing, or too thick and heavy, and had to be removed. No one can say for sure when the paint slag left the plants, but possibly some crafty workers with an eye for beauty took them home and fashioned them into beautiful jewels.
At Yorkshire Jeweller Company we source most of the Fordite from America, this material was produced in the late 60s and Early 70s and came from the Ford and Chevrolet car plants. The later was from the line which produced the Corvette Stingray as show above.
This beautiful retro material makes stunning and unique Jewellery and can be seen and purchased in our Fordite section.
What, exactly, is Bowlerite? Quite simply, it is the outer shell of a Tenpin bowling ball. Bowlerite is usually made from polyurethane, urethane or polyester resin.
Yorkshire Jewellery Company sources it’s bowling balls from all around the U.K.
These bowling balls are usually damaged or have personalised engraving on them which makes the secondhand value relatively low.
We now have in excess of 20 colours of bowling balls and most have swirls and different tones in them.
Here are some examples of a few of the bowling balls that we have in stock.
To process the bowling balls we use 2 saws to convert the bowlerite into jewellery cabochons
At Yorkshire Jewellery Company we use a large steel cutting bandsaw to process the ball into small pieces.
We then use a diamond blade slitting saw to process the material near to the size
The Bowlerite is then cut, ground, sanded and polished which when set or mounted results in a beautiful piece of handcrafted jewellery.
We love up cycling and Fordite is another example a material that makes beautiful and unique Jewellery.