A Beautiful Fusion
Mokume Gane is a 17th Century Japanese technique (translated as “wood grain metal” or “wood eye metal”) of a metalworking procedure which produces a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns, as well as that laminate itself. Mokume Gane fuses several layers of differently coloured precious metals together to form a sandwich of alloys called a “billet.” The billet is then manipulated in such a way that a pattern resembling wood grain emerges over its surface. Numerous ways of working the Mokume Gane create diverse patterns. Once the metal has been rolled into a sheet or bar, several techniques are used to produce a range of effects. Mokume Gane has been used to create many artistic objects. Though the technique was first developed for production of decorative sword fittings, the craft is today mostly used in the production of jewellery and hollowware. The jewellery we produce has layers of Gold, Platinum, Palladium and Silver which are fused together using the same methods and then forged. This artistic metalwork practice creates inimitable patterns in each single fusion. Every piece of our Mokume Gane Jewellery has its own DNA.
We have carefully developed the process, adapting the precious metal mix and varying forging methods, to create a wonderful array of combinations. These range from high-contrast bold and dramatic manifestations to more subtle, delicate and understated forms. We are continually innovating and trialling new fusions.
Mokume Gane metal is striking as both an accent and as a complete piece of jewellery. See our Mokume Gane Gallery for inspiration. It is particularly remarkable when used for Engagement Rings and in our signature Mokume Gane Wedding Rings.
The colour, character and detail of Mokume Gane is best experienced in person and we welcome visits to our shop to see this beautiful artistry first-hand. Please book an appointment so we have time to sit down and discuss your commission.