On 2/9/2004 4:27:26 PM rodentman wrote:
"I just received my 9mm wide titanium ring with a 2.5mm inlay of yg & SS mokume gane."
I read the entire thread before giving my opinion just on the looks of the ring because I was pretty lost. I agree with Mexi that the inlay initially looked like animal skin to me (leopard skin, in particular).
So the ring is titanium with an inlay of yellow gold and sterling silver (yg and ss) made with the mokume gane technique. Correct?
AnA's link is interesting. This quotation is from that website:
"Mokume translates from Japanese as 'wood eye' which refers to the burl type of wood grain and gane means 'metal'. The technique was originally created to make parts of the handle for the samurai's sword. The beautiful patterns in these pieces for the handle would reflect similar patterns developed in the forging of the sword blade. Today the beautiful and unique patterns in mokume are used to create one of a kind rings and jewelry."
I had never even heard of mokume gane, let alone seen it. Thank you for the education, everyone. Wear the ring in good health, r-man. It is unique and beautiful.