James Blanchard's Profile

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I have been making jewelry full time in northern Michigan for the past 21 years. The most important part about making jewelry for me is to emphasize the beauty of the stones. My jewelry is a classic style, with clean lines, and bezel set cabachons. I either hand select each stone individually, or cut them myself. I am mostly known for working with Michigan stones, like the Michigan Greenstone (or Chlorastrolite), the Petoskey Stone, Leland Blue, and my most popular jewelry, Fordite.
Fordite is vintage automotive paint from the 1960's and 70's, when the cars were spray-painted by hand. The overspray built up in thick layers and was eventually scraped from the spraybooths of car factories in Detroit. I cut and polish the rough chunks of paint into cabachons. Each piece varies depending on the way the colors layered, and the angle and depth of the cut , resulting in unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry.

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  • Joined February 28, 2008

Favorite materials

Fordite, Crazy Lace Agate, Lake Superior Agate, Michigan Greenstone, Scenic Jaspers, Pearls, Boulder Opal, Fossils, Native Copper, Leland Blue, Rutilated Quartz, Chalcedony, Fire Opal

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About

I have been making jewelry full time in northern Michigan for the past 21 years. The most important part about making jewelry for me is to emphasize the beauty of the stones. My jewelry is a classic style, with clean lines, and bezel set cabachons. I either hand select each stone individually, or cut them myself. I am mostly known for working with Michigan stones, like the Michigan Greenstone (or Chlorastrolite), the Petoskey Stone, Leland Blue, and my most popular jewelry, Fordite.
Fordite is vintage automotive paint from the 1960's and 70's, when the cars were spray-painted by hand. The overspray built up in thick layers and was eventually scraped from the spraybooths of car factories in Detroit. I cut and polish the rough chunks of paint into cabachons. Each piece varies depending on the way the colors layered, and the angle and depth of the cut , resulting in unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry.

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