Thank you for the explanation. I think this batch of “rainbow
calsilica” is both batches we buy - first and last! Because I want to
be upfront with my customers about what we sell, I can hear the
conversation with a customer:
Customer: “Gee, those are very pretty beads, but they are so
expensive, what kind of stone is that?”
Me: “Well, it’s very unique. It comes from Mexico and believe it or
not, it’s just layers of auto paint.”
Customer: “And you’re asking $40/strand for AUTO PAINT?? That’s a
and the last we see is the customer walking off because he feels
insulted that we would try to sell clumps of auto paint as a stone at
premium prices. I have GORGEOUS hand carved malachite for a lower
price that is going begging. I can’t see “morphed paint chunks” (by
whatever name they are called this week) selling better than the REAL
This conversation has led me on a search through “detroitite”,
“fordite”, “motownite” and “Detroit Agate” - an interesting journey.
Whatever it’s called, it is a pretty item.
I never did get a response from the e-Bay seller who claimed to have
an analysis from a “Geologist/Chemist” from some big “University Back
East” proving it’s a natural stone. I mentioned to the seller that I
have several contacts at “Universities Back East” - generally in the
geology departments, as luck would have it. And my hubby has a degree
in chemistry, so he would be able to translate such an analysis IF it
exists. Maybe I should quit holding my breath waiting for a reply?
All I can say for sure is - apparently in the beading world, this
stuff, no matter what it’s called, is selling like wildfire! So -
maybe it’s questionable heritage isn’t held against it, after all.
AZ Bead Depot
Apache Junction, AZ