Or, Happy Birthday to me.
I have long had this on my list:
Not that ring in particular, but a ring featuring Fordite. And so I found my favorite on Etsy and ordered it.
What is Fordite, you ask? Well, concrete arrows can't be my only useless obsession. So Fordite, also known as Detroit Agate or Motor Agate, also occupies a small corner of my compulsive brain space. Fordite is the polished result of chunks of automotive paint layers. Back in the day when car bodies were painted on frames/tracks/skids and then fired, the paint layers of different colors would build up on those supports. Eventually the accumulated layers would be chipped off or fall off. Somebody had the artistic sense to save some of that and make stuff out of it. I found a silversmith from Traverse City on Etsy who makes beautiful jewelry out of it.
I confess that I might not love it so much if it were called Chevy-ite or Buick-ite (altho' Pontiac-ite is appealing). But I'm a Ford gal, so Fordite strikes a chord--although the raw material was ubiquitous and had nothing specific to do with Ford.