Fordite – Yorkshire Jewellery Company


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.