Mokume Gane Wedding Bandjoel harbour
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Wear the wood-like metal from way back in 17th-century Japan!
Mokume gane wedding bands are truly a work of art. Mokume rings come in an array of gorgeous colors and styles. This ancient process was first introduced in 17th-century Japan and was utilized for crafting swords. Today this metal fusing and soldering technique is utilized to create remarkable wedding bands and rings.
Other than for it’s beautiful combinations of colors and patterns – wear it for it’s history. Mokume Gane has an extravagant story behind it! In 17th-century Japan; katanas were a symbol of high status and prestige. Much like having an expensive car today, samurai swords were made to be shown off! To create unique and appealing handles and sheaths, top tier Japanese metal-workers tried to find something new to decorate these weapons. Mokume Gane was explosively successful in being a part of the fashion for the traditional sword.
Sadly, the katana industry had no reason to continue growth, nobody used the sword anymore, so as the demand dropped – so did the supply. With less artisans creating the katana – the art of Mokume Gane became a secret very rarely passed on. The art of Mokume was far too difficult to master, and had little reason to be learned. The unknown art continued in the background within jewelry.
When you look at a Mokume Gane ring; you are looking at a forgotten art form once only created by traditional masters and worn by the prestigious!
Due to how the process makes the metal alloys look like swirls and patterns, Mokume Gane means “Wood grain metal”. This metal actually looks like metal wood, swirls, knots and all!
Traditional components of mokume gane are relatively soft metallic elements and alloys – gold, copper, silver, shakudo, shibuichi, and kuromido – which form liquid phase diffusion bonds with one another without completely melting.
Mokume gane as traditionally practiced, was a very difficult process to learn; this was partly due to the difficulty of successfully fusing the metals and partly due to the skill required to forge the laminated billet down to useable material without separating the layers.
After extensive research on a technique not practiced for centuries, smiths developed a modern method for making mokume gane using currently available equipment and materials. They made use of the electric kiln for the lamination of mokume. The lamination process involves clamping many layers (most often between 10-30 layers) of selected metals such as platinum, gold, palladium, silver and/or iron, between steel blocks and heating the resulting stack in a kiln. With the combination of heat, pressure, and a protective atmosphere allow the layers to fuse but not melt. The resulting fused stack of metal, called a billet, is then forged and rolled to reduce its thickness. The unique patterns are created by hand carving down through the layers in the laminated stack and then forging the carved laminate to flatten it out. The process of carving and rolling is repeated many times to create the finished pattern. The patterns formed in this manner are almost like a topographic map, showing the depth of the carving into the original laminate.
In some cases, Copper and Silver Mokume Gane can cause an allergic reaction if placed directly on the skin. Please be aware of this when you purchase a ring that has this material as the entire band or the inner sleeve.