Mokume Gane

Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese metalsmithing technique that creates beautifully patterned metal. The process involves layering different coloured metals, soldering them together while maintaining the original colours, then texturing or manipulating the metal in a way that reveals a bit from each of the layers, which in contemporary jewellery may number from about 12 to 25. Creating the patterned metal is an art in itself; it is another art to create beautiful pieces from this crafted metal.  See the step by step process here: