What is Mokume Gane?
Mokume Gane (木目金 Mokumegane), meaning "wood grain metal", is a Japanese metalworking procedure which creates a mixed-metal laminate pattern. We’ve been reading up on this art form and thought it would be interesting to explain what it is and why it might be the perfect style for your wedding jewellery.
Where does it come from?
This unique art originated in the early 1600’s as a way to decorate swords and create artistic objects. Over time the art form died and was no longer used in Japan. It has only been recently that this form has had a comeback and is now seen in the form of amazing jewellery and hollowware.
How is it produced?
Mokume Gane gives the appearance of natural wood grain on metal. The materials used are generally soft metallic elements and alloys, such as gold, copper, silver, shakudu, shibuichi, and kuromido. Mixed together in a liquid form, the components bond with another without completely melting.
The jewellery is still created (in the most part) by using traditional techniques. Each piece of jewellery is unique and bespoke as no two pieces will look the same. The design is determined by how the metals blend together. The jewellery has an appearance of wood and a earthy pattern. Personally it reminds me of water and waves meeting, but my colleagues think it looks like the inside of the earth! Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
Where Can You Get One custom made?
With this increasing trend you want to make sure you go to an incredibly talented jeweller. We recommend speaking to the team at Grew & Co. For those who are not be not familiar with the brand, they are one of Australia’s leading specialists in the Mokume Gane technique. Grew & Co also has an amazing website where you can build your own virtual Mokume Gane ring!
Grew & Co offer couples the opportunity to create their own engagement rings and wedding bands which are entirely custom made by hand in their workshop. They also explore the use of new materials and finishes to continue to develop this ancient 500-year-old technique.
What Might It Cost?
Grew & Co have a range of gorgeous styles that are available in widths 4mm-9mm and start from RRP $1650 AUD. Once you've popped into their George St Sydney boutique, we'd love to know how you went and what design you chose! We certainly don't think you'll be disappointed.
Images supplied by Grew & Co.