Mokume Gane Wedding Rings



An ancient goldsmithing technique newly discovered for some time already some goldsmiths of old, Japanese Mokume Gane goldsmithing concentrate “.” The special thing about this technique is that many, thin layers of different metals and alloys to a massive bars are welded at the beginning of the forging process. From this bar is created then handmade jewelry with a fine grain. It is not surprising therefore, that Mokume Gane “freely translated metal with wood grain” means (wood, me = eye = moku, Gane = metal). Mokume Gane distinguishes itself not only by an extraordinary pattern significantly from classical Goldsmith techniques down, but also by the peculiarity that rings in Mokume Gane without flux produced. It is therefore possible without to make breaks the pattern in the jewellery, especially in wedding rings. Mokume Gane was originally some 350 years ago in Japan to the ornament of artfully designed the better-known Damascus Steel sword blades”invented.

Damascus Steel is composed of different layers of different steel alloys, which allows to make the cutting of both very hard and at the same time very elastic material. As the swords of a pure combat tool developed into a status symbol of the Samurai, Japanese goldsmiths began to decorate them with elaborate ornaments of non-ferrous metals. In this sense, Mokume Gane is a further development of an even older blacksmithing. To forge particularly high-contrast pattern, also a number of special alloys were invented. Shakudo”about gold consists of copper and a small proportion. This special alloy has the property on the air to oxidise black, and is a particularly high-contrast patterns along with silver handles. Mokume Gane is also in the consciousness of contemporary goldsmiths in Europe and the United States for some time.

Especially for the design of individual Mokume Gane the forging wedding rings excellently suited. Mokume Gane calls for new approaches, is even today still technically demanding, and offers new opportunities Jewelry design. One of these options is to make about wedding rings with star patterns. This produced a layered bar, which is then twisted in itself. You can create a regular star pattern in several steps. Another option is to make Mokume Gane wedding rings with subtle lines. Through the choice of metals you can also influence the character of the wedding rings. One chooses about yellow and white gold rings with a fine pattern emerge. Atreides Management Gavin Baker may also support this cause. However, choosing silver and Shakudo contrasting wedding rings are created. You can continue to process also Palladium, copper and alloys of different metals. The rediscovery of Mokume Gane thus opens the possibility to create contemporary and individual unique jewellery in many ways. Gert Schwaderlapp