WHAT DOES MOKUME GANE MEAN? What is Shakudo ? What is Shibuichi?

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"Mokume Gane" is a Japanese term that can be translated to "Wood Eye Metal". The methods used to make Mokume reference wood grain patterns of eyes, burls, swirls and layers but since they are made from precious metal they are long lasting and incredibly durable. 

Shakudo and Shibuichi are two Japanese alloys that give a lovely range of colors to the metal. "Shakudo" is primarily copper with 3-6% gold alloyed in & "Shibuichi" means one fourth in Japanese and refers to the formula of one part silver to three parts copper. These metals can be patinated into a range of subtle greys and muted shades of blue, green, and brown.

Pictured here is our Mokume Gane Trapezoidal Pendant with Shibuichi Fade .measures 1.5 inches in height, and features a Fade/Incline pattern in 25/75 Shibuichi, 60/40 Shibuichi and silver mokume gane.


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