This is a Mokume Gane Civitas cuff bracelet. This bracelet is about 1 inch wide and will fit a wrist size of about 7 to 8 inches around. After I form the bracelet, I apply a patina which brings out the details of the pattern. This pattern is called “Civitas” and it is great for narrower bracelets, earrings, and pendants. Contact me for details.
Here’s some background information about this metal: Mokume Gane is a multilayered metal laminate. It is labor intensive to produce the metal to produce and so the finished metal is rather expensive. The fascination with this metal is the patterning that can be achieved with combinations of different metals and some inspired carving techniques.
The technique was developed in Japan in the 1700s to create decorative sword blades. This is an old technique where patterns in metal are achieved by carving into multiple fused layers of different metals. These laminates were carved to reveal intriguing patterns. Mokume Gane means “wood eye” because the metal has patterns that are suggestive of “eyes”. Over time artists have adapted the original techniques to create elegant ornamental objects and beautiful jewelry.
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