Mokume Gane Wedding Rings
Mokume is an ancient Japanese technique of fusing distinct layers of precious metals, then forming them to create beautiful patterns. Mokume gane wedding rings must be created by hand, so each pair is unique.
Mokume Gane Woodgrain Wedding Rings
The woodgrain pattern is another popular style we can forge in my shop. The metal is carved to create burls and lines reminiscent of a piece of wood. This technique is more labor (and talent) intensive, and costs more. However, since you will be carving the pattern, the finished wedding ring will have more of your hand in the final look.
Liners on Mokume Gane Wedding Rings
While liners look great on mokume wedding rings, we put them on for other reasons as well. The silver in mokume is less dense than gold, and a solid gold or platinum liner can add some extra weight to the rings. Also, for bigger rings we can use the liner to extend the size of the pattern. Finally, it can make the rings more comfortable for people with sensitivity to sterling silver.
Photos of Mokume Gane Wedding Rings
Mokume looks much more dramatic in photos than it does in person. The tools we use to minimize reflections in jewelry also tend to create more color contrast than exists in real life. This photo is slightly more life-like with the reflections visible in the ring. If you are new to mokume, I recommend looking at some examples in person to see it with your own eyes.
Mokume Gane Billet
When we make mokume gane wedding rings in our workshop, we start with a billet of precious metal layers that are already fused. All of the patterns you see above are created from billets just like this. It usually takes 10-14 hours to create a pair of mokume gane rings in my workshops.