October 2, 2014

Mokume Gane Engagement Rings: Beautifully Unique

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You’ve browsed through the different designs of engagement rings, but you can’t find something that’s unique enough for you.

Perhaps, you can’t find a distinctive style that’s not outrageous in appearance and in price.

Mokume Gane Engagement Rings

Andrew NYCE Designs

Consider a mokume gane ring. Mokume literally means “grain (of wood)” and gane (kane), “metal.”

It’s traditionally a process of designing samurai swords in 17th century Japan.

Two or more metals are fused together by stacking them in alternating sheets to produce the desired pattern. Later on, the process was used in to create stunning jewellery pieces.

Making a mokume gane ring demands a lot of labour. This is why this type of ring will never be common and will most probably remain as a strictly customized piece of jewellery and never mass-produced.

You’ll discover, however, various design possibilities for this type of engagement ring – from the colours of the metals to the centre stone.

Metals And Colours

The colours appearing in a mokume gane ring depend on the metals that you use to produce the patterned sheet for the ring.

The metals jewellers generally use are the following:

  • Platinum – gives an elegant light gray hue to the ring.
  • White gold – at 14k, this metal delivers a medium gray shade that complements the colour of platinum.
  • Yellow gold – its rich yellow hue provides the beautiful contrast of gray and gold in a ring. 18k yellow gold is often used for its rich yellow shade.
  • Rose gold – at 18k, this metal gives an ideal pinkish tone to a multi-coloured pattern.
  • Green gold – ideal for etched designs with “white” metals like white gold and sterling
  • Sterling – usually provides the lightest hue in combinations of white metals like platinum and white gold.

You can have a monochromatic design using different carats of the same metal colour. For instance, white gold in 18k, 14k, etc. will give you varying shades from gray to white. But you can also have a monochromatic pattern using different metals like platinum, white gold and sterling.

Centre Stone

The band of the mokume gane ring is already filled with intricate details. But if you’ll have it for a woman’s engagement ring, you’d probably want it to have a centre stone. When choosing a centre stone, keep it simple.

  • Choose a traditional round brilliant cut or a princess cut as much as possible. Avoid fancy stone cuts like the heart or marquise.
  • A monochromatic mokume gane band will look dazzling and elegant with a gemstone of the same colour. For instance, choose a colourless diamond for a gray-white metal band.
  • In a multi-coloured ring, choose a centre stone in a shade that will best blend with the colours featured on the band. Sometimes, the ideal stone colour is the same or similar to the dominant colour of the band. But there are instances when the stone should be nearer one of the accent colours on the band.

Mokume gane rings are definitely for those who’d want something uncommon for their engagement rings. Since it is already beautiful and distinctive without any other embellishment, it’s also used as a man’s engagement ring and, of course, for wedding bands.

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