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Fordite Cabochon - De-Stash Stone Sale - 24mm x 16mm Oval, Jewelry Making Supplies, Cab, Upcycled, Auto Paint Salvaged Material

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It's de-stash time! I'm selling a bunch of cabochons and faceted gems that I'm just never going to get around to using - listing them for just what I paid for them. Happy shopping...

This is a Fordite cabochon measuring 24mm x 16mm. I purchased it at the Tucson gem show in 2016. It is in stock and ready to ship right away.


"Fordite, also known as Motor Agate, is a unique automotive enamel material with an interesting history. The original layered automotive paint slag 'rough' was made incidentally, years ago, by the now extinct practice of hand spray-painting multiples of production cars in big automotive factories.

"The oversprayed paint in the painting bays gradually built up on the tracks and skids that the car frames were painted on. Over time, many colorful layers built up there. These layers were hardened repeatedly in the ovens that the car bodies went into to cure the paint. Some of these deeper layers were even baked 100 times.

"Eventually, the paint build-up would become obstructing, or too thick and heavy, and had to be removed. As the story goes, some crafty workers with an eye for beauty realized that this unique byproduct was worth salvaging. It was super-cured, patterned like psychedelic agate, and could be cut and polished with relative ease!

"Wow! 'RECYCLE IT!' seemed to be the resounding sentiment. And so it was...

"As word got around about this remarkable material, it's been said that rock hounds started showing up at auto factories, offering to help remove that problematic paint!

"Sadly, the techniques that produced this great rough years ago, are no longer in practice. Cars are now painted by way of an electrostatic process that essentially magnetizes the enamels to the car bodies. This leaves little, or no overspray.

"The old factory methods that created this incredible material are long gone.

"The Fordite 'mines' are dry, so get some while you still can!"


If you live in the United States and your order total is below $2,000, default shipping is via USPS Priority Mail (insured). If your order total is above $2,000, complimentary FedEx 2-Day delivery is included (also insured). If you prefer a different shipping method, please ask.

I do offer international shipping; because the US postal service will not insure jewelry items shipped internationally, I use FedEx International when shipping outside the US; this is a more expensive but far safer option. The price listed here for international shipping is an ESTIMATE ONLY - actual shipping costs could vary by up to $40 over or under the amount listed. If you would like an exact quote for shipping, please contact me prior to checkout; otherwise, I will contact you soon after checkout with an EXACT shipping quote and we will make arrangements at that point for a refund or additional payment. International buyers, please be aware that you are solely responsible for any duties/taxes that your country may charge on imported goods (this amount is NOT included in the shipping cost due here, but is paid separately upon receipt of goods). Please do not ask me to lie on the customs form; it's against the law! I can also provide an estimate for duties/taxes upon request.


I am an eco-freak! Wherever I possibly can, I make decisions that support the health of the environment, as well as the people and other animals that inhabit our earth.

I use recycled office supplies and shipping materials whenever possible. My studio electricity is generated from solar panels on our garage roof. I purchase carbon offsets for shipping. And of course my designs incorporate only recycled metals and ethically sourced stones. Please visit my 'About' page here on Etsy for more info!

All of my jewelry is vegan-friendly meaning no animal products (pearls, silk, leather, etc.) were used in its construction.

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