The Origin

Also known as "Detroit Agate" or "Motor City Agate", Fordite was created in Ford factories in the mid to late 1900s, when car parts and exteriors were spray painted by hand with enamel paint in chambers, tracks, and skids, creating thin layers of different paint colors. These layers of paint were baked after each application and thus hardened. The paint overspray eventually became thick from buildup and had to be removed and discarded. A few creative individuals discovered that if you shaped these discarded pieces, it exposed the colorful layers of paint creating beautiful pieces, each with unique patterns and colors!       

More Fordite!

Fordite's beauty and intriguing history inspired others to seek similar materials, transforming them into beautiful pieces that could be incorporated into jewelry. These Fordite relatives include, but are not limited to Jeep Fordite, Corvette Fordite, Speed Boat Fordite, Graffiti Fordite made from compressed layers of graffiti, recycled materials such as Bowlerite from vintage bowling balls, and Marble Fordite made from marbles in the early to mid 1900s. 

Recommended Further Reading:

The following articles outline the historical timeline of the types of paints used in the automotive process, and highlight the significant role paint had in the industry. 

"Watching Paint Dry", Material World, by Ed Conway

"A Breif History of Automotic Coatings Technology", American Coatings Association, by Douglas M. Lamb

"A Brief History Of Car Colors — And Why Are We So Boring Now?", Consumer Reports, by Mary Beth Quirk