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Mokume Gane is a Japanese term that loosely translates as ‘wood grained metal” or “wood eye metal”, originating in Japan’s peaceful Edo era in the late 1600s. The unique swirling patterns are produced through an advanced metalworking process where several different metals of contrasting colours are fused together in different layers, creating strikingly original patterns that resemble a wood grain finish. It was initially developed for the purpose of decorating the sheaths and handles of Samurai swords, which were seeing less use as weapons during the time of peace and had instead become a status symbol. There was a huge demand for elaborately decorated swords as they now reflected their owner’s social standing and wealth. The beautiful fluid patterns of Mokume Gane were particularly prized for their unique wood grain effect that meant no two designs would ever be the same, and those who buy Mokume Gane rings can benefit from the same principle of rarity.
Finding a truly unique piece of jewellery can be hard, especially one that perfectly reflects your personality. At MDTdesign, we specialise in individually designed, personal rings, and there is nothing more unique than Damascus or Mokume Gane rings. We apply a combination of time-honoured techniques and modern methods to fashion ornately patterned rings from precious metals such as silver and yellow and white gold. No two of these folded metal rings have the same design, ensuring the Mokume Gane ring you buy will be unlike any other in the world. You can have your Damascus steel or Mokume Gane rings hand-made in a simple plain design, adorned with diamonds, or even in a tension set style. The choice is yours.
If the distinctive style of a Mokume Gane ring calls to you, come in and talk to us about crafting one that will be yours and yours alone. Call us on (03) 9654 6805, contact us via our online enquiry form today, or visit our Melbourne store and see our distinctive Damascus and Mokume Gane rings with your own eyes.