Mokume, fine Gemstones, and the best Hardwoods.

Cool, California | 13 Sales


Mokume, fine Gemstones, and the best Hardwoods.

Cool, California 13 Sales On Etsy since 2018

5 out of 5 stars (11)

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  • Sheryl Adler-Eldridge on Feb 6, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful! Michael was great to work with in designing the pendant. The hoop, crystal and mokume all have independent movement and compliment the earrings nicely. My matching set is complete!

  • Sheryl Adler-Eldridge on Feb 1, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I commissioned earrings to match my mokume wedding ring that Michael designed 13 years ago. (Both of our wedding rings still look beautiful!) The turnaround time was very quick for a custom order; I received the earrings in just under four weeks from the day of request. Michael was easy to work with and ran design ideas by me, sizing, angles and photos of the process. The earrings came out lovely, true to the photo. They are very unique, lightweight and well-made. Michael and Aubin are wonderful, honest, good people and they put care and detail into their jewelry creations. I've decided to order a matching pendant too!

  • sallie reynolds on Jan 25, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    These Firebird Earrings are simply beautiful. I ordered them from Metal Stone and Wood because I knew that in the past the designers have done wonderful enamel work and I hoped they still did. Good enamel designs are difficult to do well, and are rare. These are brilliant in color, as only enamel, well done, can be. And subtle in concept, with just the fiery spirit Firebird suggests. Genius!

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Unique handcrafted jewelry using mokume, gold, silver, wood, and gems.

We have over 25 years of experience as professional jewelers. For the past 20 years, we've been creating mokume gane rings for our Michael Daniels Collection line. Those rings are available exclusively through fine independent jewelry stores across the US. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique that uses heat and pressure to fuse different precious metals into layers that are forged and carved to create striking patterns reflecting those found in nature. The name means "woodgrain metal".

We are now offering direct to the public our designs featuring MDC mokume in pendants and earrings. Every item is unique, designed around the colors and patterns of each piece of mokume. The gemstones featured in these items complement the mokume without distracting from it. These designs are truly one of a kind.

In addition, we make pieces with no mokume, showcasing the beautiful colors of natural gemstones, enhanced with distinctive designs in sterling silver and gold. We use untreated stones such as robin's egg blue Arizona turquoise, the rich and varied colors of agate, druzy quartz, chrysoprase, lapis, amethyst, fluorite, pearls, and many other naturally striking gems.

Our bead earring line includes gemstones and pearls accented with delicate sterling silver wire, great for everyday wear.

Our wood inlay rings are crafted of the hardest woods, from sustainable sources, hand turned and finished, and set in sterling silver. We choose woods carefully, selecting non-endangered varieties with the durability, patterns, colors, and textures that translate well to the small scale of jewelry. None of the woods we use are endangered, or listed as species of concern. We won’t use any species listed by CITES or IUCN.

The Janka Hardness (JH) scale is used to rate the hardness of wood species. While hardness alone does not indicate all of a wood’s strengths (there is also elasticity, rupture strength, crushing strength), it is a very good indicator of a wood’s general durability. The listed JH number is the amount of pound-force required to imbed a steel ball measuring .444” (11.2mm) into the surface of the wood up to ½ the ball’s diameter.

The woods used in our rings and pendants range in hardness from bocote, with a JH of 2010, to camelthorn, coming in at 3680. Camelthorn is the 6th hardest wood known. Three of the woods we use - cebil, katalox, and camelthorn - are in the top ten hardest woods known.

For comparison with woods many are familiar with, pine woods vary from the soft sugar pine with a JH of 380, up to the much harder longleaf pine with a JH of 870. The most popular American hardwood, red oak, has a JH 1220. Birch woods can reach JH up into the 1400 range. None of the woods in that range of the JH scale are suitable for inlay into rings, they're far too soft.

Shop members

  • Michael

    Owner, Designer, Maker

  • Aubin

    Owner, Designer, Maker

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    This is the reward you get for a rescue? He takes your chair and growls when you try to move him?

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    Subject Of Unfortunate Photos

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Production partners

  • Stuller

    Lafayette, LA

    Stuller has been supplying chains and findings to the jewelry industry since 1970.

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