Mokume Gane (Wood Grain Effect)
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 folded, 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 Gane techniques. At RING jewellers we are lucky enough to be the exclusive U.K. stockist of James Binnion's work. We always have a large stock of Mokume Gane rings in the shop but, like most of our jewellery, we can also create bespoke commissions.
Prices vary on metal combination, width & size but to give a starting point here is a rough guide: Our Stainless Steel Mokume Gane rings cost £595-£895. Our mixed precious metal Mokume bands range from £995-£2495.