Frequently Asked Questions

Mokume is just as durable as any gold or silver ring but just like any solid metal jewelry, mokume will burnish and show wear with the passing of time. How quickly this happens depends on the jewelry type, on the materials used, and on how the jewelry is cared for.
A billet is a layered stack of metal that has been fused to create a final sheet.
After the metal is fused and flattened, patterns are created by artistically and skillfully carving away the top layers of metal to reveal the underlying layers. Arn is inspired by topography and geology and grew up hiking and skiing in the canyons and valleys of Colorado and he brings this to his mokume work.

Each piece is made by hand and each mokume pattern is unique so no two pieces will look exactly the same though Arn can get very close!

Yes! We work to make each ring entirely custom. We can discuss what will work with your design but in most cases you can choose any of these options on your ring!
If you are allergic to any metal just let us know and we can either add a liner to your ring or substitute other metals in place of what you are allergic to.
No, but etching can help to make the mokume pattern more visible, especially with subtle color combinations, like 14K palladium white gold and sterling. If you are getting the blaze palette (featuring all gold and no silver), we can’t etch the ring.
We oxidize many pieces to bring out more contrast and show the patterns more strongly. Over time, the blackening will wear down and become lighter. And if needed, we’re always happy to restore your jewelry to its original condition, you may contact us for refinishing services at any time.

Yes! We have made special tools to resize our rings without creating a new seam and with minimal changes to the pattern.

  • Ash – 14k White Gold and Sterling Silver
  • Flame – 14k Red Gold and Sterling Silver
  • Spark – 14k Yellow Gold & Sterling Silver
  • Fire – 14k Red Gold, 14k Yellow Gold, and Sterling Silver
  • Embers – 14k Red Gold, Palladium, and Sterling Silver
  • Flare 14k Yellow Gold, Palladium, and Sterling Silver
  • Smoke  14k White Gold, Palladium, and Sterling SIlver
  • Blaze 14k Red Gold, 14k Yellow Gold, and 14k White Gold
  • Firestorm 14k Red Gold, 14 Yellow Gold, and Sterling Silver

Don’t see a combination you’re interested in? Message us!

We do make custom billets for an added fee. Please inquire.

We do offer engravings for an additional fee. Keep in mind that this will add 1 to 2 weeks to your ship date.

You may send in metal for us to use in the mokume. The metal must be sent in and inspected to make sure it can be used properly and may be incorporated in various ways. We can also provide a credit. Please inquire.

Mokume rings, just like gold or silver jewelry, develop fine scratches with wear that will build up over time to create a beautiful patina. The more the item is worn, the quicker the natural patina will develop, which will bring out the natural beauty of the Mokume Gane. If at any point you would like to refresh the surface you can gently rub your ring with a Scotch-Brite pad. Keep in mind that doing so will remove a fine layer of metal, so this isn’t to be done on a regular basis.

If you would like to darken or freshen up your oxidation, you can do so at home with Liver of Sulfur, we recommend purchasing some in gel form for ease of application. Apply a small amount of the gel and rub it in all over the ring’s surface. Let sit for a few seconds and then wipe off the excess. Note that any form of chlorine will also darken your oxidation, so a dip in the pool would also have the same effect!

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Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese metalworking technique that involves fusing alternating layers of precious metals. Mokume gane roughly translates to “wood eye metal.” The patterns of the metal resemble the patterns seen in woodgrain.
“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.

Our standard lead time to make and ship a ring is 6-8 weeks from deposit but this timeline can vary depending on the nature of your piece and current workload. 

Rings are then shipped using USPS priority with insurance, which requires a signature upon delivery. If you need your ring sooner you may upgrade to our rush delivery service which will get your ring completed and shipped before our typical 8 week time frame. If your ring comes with an engraving, please plan accordingly.

We are not able to guarantee specific delivery dates without a rush fee.

Yes, please inquire for international shipping fees. Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. We’re not responsible for delays due to customs.

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