The Rarest Mineral In The World Also Has One Of The Strangest Origins

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From new inventions to entire new elements, scientists are making groundbreaking discoveries every day that make us realize that there’s a lot of strange things out there that we have yet to find.
But one new type of stone is unlike anything that’s been found before. It’s called fordite, and while it might look like a mineral, it’s something much more bizarre.


This is fordite. It looks like a mineral discovered in a deep cave, but it’s something much more interesting.


Also known as “Detroit agate,” Fordite isn’t a mineral or rock at all.


It’s thousands of layers of automobile paint caked on top of each other and hardened from when cars were painted by hand.


The paint was “baked” over and over again and became encrusted on the machines used to paint cars.


Eventually, people scraped the material off and made good use of it.


These days, fordite is a highly sought-after material for jewelry making.


Its psychedelic textures prove to be attractive for all sorts of accessories.


While this might look like a naturally occurring mineral, it’s really just a byproduct of years of auto manufacturing.


Fordite cufflinks, necklaces, rings, and earrings are popular in North America at bespoke jewelry shops.


Aside from being beautiful, they’re also quite eco-friendly to produce.


Instead of disposing of decades-old hardened paint, fordite jewelry recycles them for a newer, better purpose.


The inside of each piece shows a unique pattern.


This looks like something you might find in a museum gift shop.


These are some fordite samples found in a Michigan automobile shop, not some archaeological dig.


Who knew something so beautiful would have such a weird origin?

Fordite proves you can find beauty pretty much anywhere. Who knows where the next great mineral will be found?

[H/T:boredomtherapy.com]
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