Selling unique wedding bands that portray a lifetime together is one of our passions.
We love using mokume gane for unusual jewelry and decided to create a unique men's wedding band using this fascinating metal. The mokume gane process was used to decorate samurai swords in ancient Japan. The level of decoration was used to indicate status on a warrior's sword even as swords became less of a tool for fighting and more of a symbol of class in the late 1600s to mid 1800s. The definition of this technique mokume = wood grain and gane = metal reflects the wonderful texturing result. In the mokume gane technique laminated metal billets that were fused by heat and pressure. Modern techniques allow this process to be used with many metals such as titanium, platinum, iron, bronze, brass, nickel silver, and various colors of karat gold including yellow, white, sage, and rose hues as well as sterling silver. We have been using mokume gane in many projects over the last few years.
We recently completed a custom project using 18k rose, yellow, white gold and sterling silver mokume gane in an Early Spring Rain pattern. Marsha carved a wax model for an 18k rose gold sleeve to hold the mokume. The mokume was then welded into the sleeve. After the band was completed and the surfaces leveled, we etched away some silver in an acid bath to give the ring additional texture. Here is the finished custom crafted band.
Whatever your metal, we would love to work with you to create a custom made wedding band at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler in Overland Park Kansas.