Announcement Affordable handcrafted Mokume Gane Wedding Bands and Custom Mokume Gane Wedding sets. Unique and one of a kind pieces by Debra Tapian.
Affordable handcrafted Mokume Gane Wedding Bands and Custom Mokume Gane Wedding sets. Unique and one of a kind pieces by Debra Tapian.
Welcome! By now you may already know what MOKUME GANE is. That it's an
ancient Japanese technique that was used in the making of samurai
swords. You may have learned that Mokume Gane means wood grain metal.
But what I want to share is what it has become in my shop. Mokume gane
is such a image of marriage. I start with these unique metals that hold
their own characteristics. Each a beauty of it's own. They are then fused
together forever. To get them to fuse takes a lot of care to prep the
metals and to get them perfectly flush, intimate together. Until then
they can not properly bond.
Once together I begin to put the bond to the test by forging and
twisting and hammering on it. Taking care every step of the way, with a
gracious heart for the recipients of these metals. That people find me and
trust me with such a special piece in their lives is so amazing to me! As I
forge, I feel honored.
Then after they have withstood the torture of the process, I split the
billet and build rings. They come out the other side showing every
wave and line of it's journey with beauty so unique and strong.
Customer Service - This purchase is an exciting, big special deal! The
service should be as such! I am always happy to set up a time to chat and hammer through the details, maybe share a few laughs :)
Artist And Owner
I spend a lot of time in nature and on the river. I see the patterns and lines in mokume gane all around me on every adventure.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
- Other Method
Once I receive your order I ask for 3 - 4 weeks to complete your ring. You may contact me over that period to get updates via email and I will be happy to share the progress with you. If for any reason you are in need of your ring sooner, please let me know and I will do what I can to make it happen for you.
A deposit of 2/3rds of the cost is required to get started with the balance due when the item is ready to be shipped. Full payment is due before item is shipped.
Refunds and Exchanges
I am a firm believer in providing my customer with excellent customer service. I will always stand behind my work so if any concerns should arise at any time with your ring, I would be more than happy to work with you. When it is a matter of my craftsmanship, I will surely cover costs, but when there are obvious impact marks or beyond normal wear, I will work with you on pricing.
Stone setting - If I provide the stone and there is an issue when setting the stone, then I will replace the stone with an equal quality stone. I am willing to work with a stone that you provide and will give basic guidelines as to what I would like to see in the stone specifications for safe setting purposes. I will even be happy to look at the information on the stone before you purchase it. Your stone must not be mounted and you should have it checked with a local jeweler and be familiar with the condition of your stone. I will examine the stone upon arrival and let you know if I see any potential problems. If the stone is deemed as a high risk then I will need to inform you of my concerns and disclose any liability issues. What this means is that the stone may chip upon setting if high risk due to unhealthy girdle of stone. In this case, the stone will remain in it's new setting with the chip. At most my liability will be to have the stone recut by my cutting provider which will significantly change the weight and value of the stone.
Please understand that there are many 'deals' to be had these days on gems and diamonds, but that they usually have their flaws. I will put every effort forth to take care of your stone, but high risk stones I can not guarantee. I will always give the option to have it set by a local jeweler if you will be more comfortable with that.
For high value stones it is a good idea to have it added to your home owners or renters insurance policy and understand its coverage.
Additional policies and FAQs
Patterns - Since my rings are created by hand, the patterns are never the same. Patterns are achieved by twisting the layers and either using a dapping tool to move the layers around or denting the back of the metal to create the circles you see in some patterns. A wood grain pattern is a basic twist and has no circles. When requesting if you would like a lite pattern or a heavier pattern will tell me how much dapping I will do to the back side of the metal/ring to push the layers around. I have number all pictures in my gallery so you may refer to which style you like the most. I will then use this as a guild to determine how much pattern to put in your ring. No patterns are the same.
Sizing & getting a good fit: The best way to get the best size is to go to a local jeweler and use their sizing rings. I find that the best way to know if you have a good fit is to have someone else try to remove the sizing ring from your finger. They should have to struggle a bit to get it off. You should then be able to remove it with a little work. This is because your brain sends a message to your finger when you try to remove it, but doesn’t quite register when someone else is trying to remove it.