Mokume Patterning and Metal Info

Thank you for your interest in my jewelry! Arn Krebs Arts is a one-man studio that specializes in custom-made mokume gane wedding rings. 

Mokume gane is an ancient metalworking technique in which layers of precious metal are alloyed together with heat and pressure, then twisted, carved, and forged to create beautiful organic patterns. My mokume patterns are made in various combinations of yellow gold, red gold, silver, and palladium. In my many years of making mokume I’ve developed the skillset to make bands that resemble wood grain, topographical canyons, oceanic waves, and other natural formations. I take pride in the custom nature of the work and offer the widest selection of mokume patterns that you will see at any shop. 

All mokume rings are available in any size, width, profile, pattern, metal combination and finish. Select a stone from our inventory, have us find something special, or provide your own stone for setting. All rings are made individually from start to finish and so will be completely custom. Please note that all mokume patterns are unique and so will vary slightly from those pictured.

All mokume patterns are achieved by one of two processes; carving or forging.

Guri Bori mokume requires the most involved carving, resulting in a ring that has recesses or layers that resemble topography. Other carved patterns include the wood grain pattern, the twist pattern, and the droplet patterning. Forged patterns include end grain pattern, wave pattern, flow pattern, bookmatched endgrain, as well as others.

Please note that all mokume patterns are unique and so will vary from those pictured. The images below and in the listings are meant to give a general idea of the look of the ring, but please keep in mind that every item is individually made by hand and will inevitably vary from other rings in the same pattern category. 

Carved Patterning:

Guri Bori

Wood Grain 

Figured Wood Grain

Twist Pattern

Droplet Pattern

Forged Patterning:

Endgrain Pattern

Wave Pattern

Flow Pattern

Bookmatched Endgrain

Metal Combinations

All of my metal is responsibly sourced. I use 14k yellow gold, 14k red gold, sterling silver, and palladium. My mokume involves any combination of these metals, as the listings will picture. I prefer using palladium over white gold, as the two are indistinguishable visually and palladium has far better wear characteristics.

Below are some examples of how many of the metals I use look when combined.

Red Gold, Palladium, and Oxidized Silver

Red Gold, Yellow Gold, and Oxidized Silver

Red Gold, Sterling Silver, and Palladium

Palladium and Sterling Silver

Yellow Gold, Red Gold, and Sterling Silver

Red gold and Sterling Silver