What is “Mokume Gane” jewellery?
Mokume Gane is a term that refers to a metal-working technique developed 300 – 400 years ago in Japan. Originally, this technique was developed to decorate samurai swords. The name refers to the visual appearance of the metal that imitates that of wood grain. “Mokume” literally means “wood eye”, describing a highly figured wood grain and “Gane” translates as metal. Literally translated, the two words together mean “wood grain metal”.
What metals can you use?
The most striking pieces of jewellery are formed from combinations of contrasting metal colours. As a result, yellow gold with a white or grey metal such as silver, platinum or palladium will look beautiful. Because all our Mokume Gane jewellery is made to order, we are able to combine any metals you like, and consquently manufacture any jewellery you want. This includes wedding bands, earrings, bangles and pendants. The only limitation is your budget; the more metals and the more expensive the metals are that you choose, the more expensive the item of jewellery will be.
What patterns can you make?
The complexity of the final pattern depends on the number of metals used, the thickness of each metal sheet and also the number of repetitions of carving and rolling. The thickness of metal sheets used can range from sheets the thickness of foil to sheets 6mm thick. The greater the number of metal sheets used (in some cases over 50 sheets of metal may be fused together) and the more times the stack is forged, flattened, twisted and carved, the more complex the final ring design will certainly be.