Dazzling Blue Stones Found in Michigan Aren’t Stones at All

Earlier this year, a friend from Florida introduced me to “UP’s Luminous Rocks”, also known as Yooper Stone. You can read more below:

Growing jewelry trend includes bright rocks from Michigan’s UP

Now I learn that there is another sought after collectible stone here in Michigan: The Leland Bluestone. Here’s the thing though…it’s not really a stone. Let me explain.

I recently came across a Facebook post from a woman named Lisa Petersen in the Facebook group, Leland Blue Stones (Slag) and other Northern MI Beach Stones that showed pictures of what I thought was… just a rock:

Of course it’s a attractive rock but, it’s just a rock, right?

After giving “Leland Blue” a quick Google search, I discovered that not only are these bright blue colored “stones” collectible, but they are actually slag which is defined by Wikipedia as,

glassy by-product that remains after a desired metal has been separated (i.e. melted) from its raw ore.

According to Lelandmi.com, a website dedicated to all things Leland stone, stones found in UP are leftovers from the smelting process used in the 1800s by the Leland Lake Superior Iron Company.

The site goes on to say that Leland’s blue stones can be found in a multitude of colors and have themselves become a new type of industry with stones being used in jewelry, decorations and more. If you want to learn more about how to spot these stones and their history, watch this video:

But are they worth anything?

Referring to Lisa’s Facebook post above, she said someone had offered to buy the stone her husband had found, which made me wonder…these stones (which aren’t actually not stones) are they worth money?

Searching Ebay, it seems that these stones range in price from $15 to $50 depending on the size. Similarly, on Etsy, prices range from under $20 to over $100, but that’s mostly down to the type of purchase you’re making. Purchasing flat stones will obviously have a varying cost compared to a homemade wind chime that includes Leland blue stones.

Regardless of what they’re worth, I have to admit, they’re certainly eye-catching. Keep an eye out the next time you’re strolling the Michigan coast. You never know when you’ll spot a Leland Blue Stone.

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