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The point at which two people seek to turn their relationship into a lifelong commitment through marriage generally entails the giving of a symbol of affirmation. The traditional token of this commitment usually takes the form of an engagement ring..

Because of its symbolism, your engagement ring, together with your eventual wedding band, will probably be the most significant and impactful item you have ever purchased. 

While your choices appear innumerable, when you analyze them, most follow a similar formula. Generally, this is very little unique about the majority of rings out there, when your own particular love story is individual to you and your partner. When such considerations are thought through it is clear that originality should be present, which is why Mokume Gane engagement rings from are your answer.

What Is Mokume Gane?

Mokume Gane is a Japanese metal smithing technique that has been passed down by master craftsmen through the generations. Born out of the traditional manufacture of 'Damascus steel' for samurai blades, the Mokume Gane technique involves laminating billets (strips) of precious metal together to form the band for the ring.

The process of laminating and working on the metal through carving and twisting creates incredible colors and patterns that resonate right through the material producing almost a wood grain effect. 

Guri Bori Mokume involves the carving of precise designs into the laminated billets, enhancing and unifying the patterns in the metal. These include the flow and vortex patterns as well as the traditional Guri Bori pattern.  

Authentic Mokume Gane

Modern attempts to reproduce the effect have failed as authentic Mokume Gane is not something that can just be copied or made by any jeweler. Perfecting the Mokume Gane process takes years of practice to reach the levels of perfection that is demanded. 

For the last centuries, the skills required to master the Mokume Gane process have been passed down from a skilled smith to his apprentice. Today, very few metal smithing shops have the requisite skillset to produce pieces to the stands set by the famous Jaume Labro forge. Each piece created is hand-crafted, perfect in uniformity and design, and totally unique.

Why Is Mokume Gane Perfect For An Engagement Ring?

Every love story is different, and so the engagement ring should also be unique. No two people are the same and each relationship that results in engagement has followed its own completely unique path. It seems very strange then that you should opt for the uniformity of the crowd when looking to express and show your commitment to the world through your ring.

Hand-crafted, with no two rings the same, a Mokume Gane engagement ring better tells your story than any other choice. Totally individual, just like you and the relationship you are cementing.   

Mokume Gane Symbolism

Japanese culture has always been imbued with deep symbolism. If we relate back to the samurai sword, from which Mokume Gane originated, you will see the importance placed on the design power and prestige brought to the carrier by his sword. The sword told a story of wh he and his ancestors were without the need for words.

A Mokume Gane engagement ring carries with it the same symbolism. Beyond the uniqueness of the design lies a deeper meaning portrayed by the swirling intertwining patterns and colors in the ring.

Although one complete ring, each precious metal that has been incorporated in its making is still distinctive. This patterning represents you and your partner, two separate entities forged together in an eternal union, yet remaining distinct within this union.

What Stones Can Be Mounted On A Mokume Gane Engagement Ring?

The unique patterns that resonate through the metal of the ring allow you to be able to mount almost any precious stone as its focal point. 

If you are looking to enhance and bring to the fore the patterned beauty of the band, then an understated clear stone, such as a diamond, is probably the wisest choice to make.

If you possess a bit of devil, then the dark of sapphire or rubies can be mounted to dominate the visual effect that is supplemented through the Mokume Gane patterning. 

Of course, the beauty of Mokume Gane is that the choices of precious metal and arrangement of the billets dictates the overall coloring of the ring band. So, if you are looking to mount a birth stone, there will be a Mokume Gane coloring and pattern to suit.


Once you appreciate the uniqueness and symbolism contained within, it is easy to see why a Mokume Gane engagement ring is the perfect symbol of commitment to your partner.

Indeed the symbolism that pervades Japanese culture speaks with a dramatic voice when you choose Mokume Gane as the band for your ring. The individuality of your love story is bound into a single union, yet with its distinctive elements still alive within, shout from the wearer's finger. 

Compared to a traditional engagement token, it also stands out from all others, as you are very unlikely to come across too many people who know and understand the secrets of Mokume Gane and why it is the perfect ring.