Mokume Gane rings are some of the most intricately designed and crafted rings in the market. The process of making the ring requires a heightened level of precision and delicacy that takes years of experience for artisans to perfect. The wood-like swirls and patterns that people admire, involve many hours of meticulous craftsmanship and design.
Only the finest artisans can create the Mokume Gane ring.
The techniques used to make a Mokume ring is nothing new. Hundred of years ago, Japanese craftsman made decorative samurai swords using the same process. It involves heating and compressing multiple alloy layers, then carving, twisting and flattening the metal product. These metals blend in with one another but do not mix.
Given the time and craft it takes to produce the ring, the end product is worth the wait.
1. Budget/ Size
With choosing any ring, the first step is to set a budget. Given the work it takes to create the Mokume ring, there is no cheaper alternative if you’re looking to purchase this style. If you do come across a cheaper Mokume ring, that may be an indication of its inauthenticity.
Additionally, know your ring size to achieve a comfortable fit. Sometimes you can choose the width of the ring according to your preference as well.
2. Understanding the material
Mokume rings vary in alloy layers that are non-ferrous (have no iron). The higher the quality of the metals used, the more expensive the ring. The makeup of the different alloys together gives you a sense of its durability. For example, if the ring is made of multiple golden layers, then you can be assured the ring can withstand everyday wear.
Depending on how often you plan to wear the ring and the lifestyle you live, it’s important to consider how long the ring will last. Experts suggest avoiding copper as it corrodes quicker.
To ensure accuracy, speak to the professionals working at the retailer you purchased your ring from. Additionally if you’re allergic to certain metals, mention that to the jeweler to avoid rings of that material. They’ll give you insight into everything you need to know.
Given the different alloy layers and techniques used, there is a large variety of Mokume rings styles. Some have engraved diamonds, appear more colourful or have a nature-like look to them. A glossy or matte finish is also an important factor into the appearance of the ring. There’s a lot to consider.
As such, when shopping for a Mokume Ring, make sure you look through many samples and settle on one that is the most appealing to you. Consider the fit and comfortability as well. With such a large variety out there, you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a ring suitable for you.
Mokume Gane rings are a work of art. The artistry and craftsmanship that goes behind each ring only makes you appreciate this kind of jewelry even more. For an endless collection of Mokume Gane rings, check out our Mokume Band designs here.