DVH Fordite Cabochon Genuine Michigan Material 33x22x4 (4953)
This is a cabochon of genuine Fordite rough from an auto parts manufacturing facility in SE Michigan! The paint is raised up in the shape of the the alpha-numeric character that was embossed on the factory part that was holding the car part that was being painted. You can clearly see the slight impression of the image on the rough back side of the Fordite where the paint built up on top of it. I ground, sanded, and polished the face to reveal the patterns and bulls eyes inside. The factory this is from makes parts for Ford/Jeep/MOPAR and so the exact model this is from is hard to say. Comes in a gift box with a certificate of authenticity.
I've been cutting varieties of Fordite for over 40 years. I only work in material I am sure of its source. Contrary to what had been believed for many years about the unavailability of new rough due to manufacturing changes, there is SOME contemporary Fordite rough that is collected and made available to cutters in small quantities. I have a good stock of rough to work with. Compare my Fordite with others for sale on the internet! Much of it is fake and either "handmade" by just pouring pretty colors of paint together that are clearly not automotive paint colors of ANY era, or they're just striped resin beads made in China and not real Fordite. I grew up in a rock club in Michigan during the 1970's and rockhounds who worked in the auto industry would collect chunks of dried, layered car paint from the paint sheds at least as early as the late 1960's but it was never collected in large quantities. Fordite is built up overspray that has been baked repeatedly making it relatively hard and solid. It was sold at local rock and gem shows as "Fordite, Chryslerite, Buickite, Detroit Agate, etc." Fordite was by far the most common and popular name and today has come to be used for all built up industrial oversprays used in the jewelry trade. Ethical dealers will accurately identify the variety and source of Fordite if they know it.