Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mokume Gane Jewelry

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Mokume Gane is an ancient metalworking technique from Japan used in Samurai swords. The word, Mokume Gane means "wood grain metal", because of its resemblance to the grain in wood. During the process of Mokume Gane, thin sheets of two different metals are layered together and exposed to extreme heat and pressure until they fuse together as one.


Mokume Gane is a popular metal for wedding rings because of its unique beauty and deep symbolism. Mokume Gane represents the perfect union of two souls that come together as one, yet maintain their individuality. Through pressure and heat, the two are fused together into one new inseparable creation that is stronger and more beautiful than either part was alone.


Throughout the Samurai era, Mokume Gane was used in adornments that symbolized wealth and high status. Today it is popular in all kinds of jewelry because it combines the intricate natural beauty of wood, with the timeless durability of modern metal.

To view our Mokume Gane Wedding Rings online, please visit our Men's Wedding Rings gallery.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Alexandrite


Alexandrite, one of the birthstones of June, is an incredible gemstone that can drastically change color depending on the lighting. It is often described as Emerald by day, Ruby by night. In natural sunlight or fluorescent light, Alexandrite takes on a green or blue color. In incandescent or candle light, Alexandrite appears purple or red. Alexandrite is the very rare color-change variant of Chrysoberyl. Its drastic color-change, known as the Alexandrite Effect, is caused by the unique way it absorbs light. Alexandrite can also exhibit some pleochroism, meaning its color can also change even more with different angles of light.


Alexandrite was first discovered in Russia in the 1830's. It gets its name from Russian Czar, Alexander II, who was known for freeing the serfs of Russia. While today Alexandrite can also be found in Africa, Brazil, and Sri Lanka, Alexandrite of good quality is still very rare and extremely valuable.

The video below shows the radical shift in color of an exquisite 8.44CTW specimen of African Alexandrite at about 1:50.



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