Copper Firebrick Ring 9 x 11 mm 2960
This is a 9 x 11mm Copper Firebrick ring. Bezel set in sterling silver sized 6 1/4.
If another size is needed please leave a note in the comment section on the check out page or call the store 800-554-8447. Resizing is no charge.
Copper Firebrick is from the old hand-fired copper smelters of the Calumet & Hecla Mining Co. in Hubbell, Michigan.
The old smelters were built in 1885/86 and by the end of the 1920's modern furnaces were added. The smelters continued to operate until 1968. They were closed and dismantled between 1968-1973.
Over the years the smelting process resulted in the firebrick absorbing molten copper and other metals from the ore charge. When the smelters were torn down the local rock-hounds and lapidaries quickly discovered the copper impregnated brick made beautiful clocks, bookends and jewelry.
This is a rare piece of Michigan history.