Mokume Gane was originated in Japan many years ago and is a metal working technique used to make knifes and swords. This technique is still used to this day on many high quality chef’s knifes. Mokume Gane involves the fusing of two differing quality metals which then create the flexibility, durability and strength that cannot be created with one type of metal alone. Our Mokume Gane rings are made from either 18ct yellow and 18ct white gold or 18ct rose and 18ct white gold to achieve this wood like pattern. We have been making this style of ring since 1998 and all of which still to this day is 100% made on-site in our 3rd floor workshop! With lots of trial and error we have perfected the Mokume Gane process and have been making these two tone rings ever since.
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How are our 100% Australian Mokume Gane rings made?
Our stunning collection of Mokume Gane rings are all handmade on the premised in our on-site workshop. 18ct white gold and 18ct yellow or 18ct rose gold are layered alternatively which are then placed between 2 steel blocks and put under 115 pounds of pressure. This clamps the layers of metal within the blocks of steel are placed in a kiln and heated for up to 24 hours. With the perfect temperature and pressure it results in the golds fusing together as one. With one metal successfully fused to the other it creates a strong combination or varying metals. After the gold and steel blocks have cooled to a temperature to handle, the metal is removed, and comes out as a solid block which we call a ‘billet’.
The next part of the process involves rolling the billet into a long metal plate, then using steel punches and a hammer to create dints in in the solid block of gold. In order to create dints on the side a lot of force and pressure are needed. This particular process creates Bumps to be formed on the opposite side of the block, which are then filed and sanded back to reveal the beautiful layers of colored metal which create an animal print style pattern when flat or if half rounded can give a wood grain type effect.
The last step of the Mokume Gane process involves the plate of metal being shaped, filed and hand worked in order to match the desired ring size and profile. This Mokume Gane process is incredibly labor intensive and requires a great skill set and experience to master and perfect it. The amount of time taken to create this type can vary anywhere from 6 hours to 9 hours once all this process has been done. Finding the correct melting temperatures, timing in the kiln, pressure and working techniques take many hours to perfect.