The process to fabricate mokume is time-consuming, tedious, and exact, which scares off most jewelry artists!
From the Japanese tradition, mokume means “wood-eye” and gane means “metal.” This unique wood grain pattern was originally developed in 17th century Japan by Denbei Shoami, first used in the adornment of handles and sheaths for Samurai swords. The process involves stacking and fusing multiple layers of metal into a billet.
The layers are rolled through a mill and patterns are developed through a combination of burring, filing, and chasing. Once the pattern is created, it is combined with silver and gemstones into a one of a kind piece of jewelry.