Mokume Gane originated in Japan in the 17th century & was originally used to decorate Samurai swords. Mokume Gane translates from Japanese as ‘Wood Grain’, a name the process gets from its distinctive pattern.
The unique patterns in Mokume Gane are created by firstly fusing different metals into a ‘billet’ (a stack of metals). The billets are then forged & carved to create the wood grain like appearance.
One of the world’s most renowned Mokume Gane craftsmen is James Binnion. Based in the U.S. he is at the forefront of Mokume techniques. At RING jewellers we are lucky enough to be the exclusive U.K. stockist of James Binnions work. The Mokume Gane that RING jewellers sell can be purchased either from the window or commissioned as a bespoke piece.