MetalStoneAndWood

Mokume, fine Gemstones, and the best Hardwoods.

Cool, California | 10 Sales

MetalStoneAndWood

Mokume, fine Gemstones, and the best Hardwoods.

Cool, California 10 Sales On Etsy since 2018

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
(3)
  • Steve Parrish on Oct 6, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I ordered this item for my wife and she loves them. The order was received quickly and the joint craftsmanship of Michael and Aubin is evident with each piece of jewelry. I will continue to purchase these beautiful pieces of jewelry as gifts for family and friends.

  • Steve Parrish on Oct 6, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Ordered as a gift for my sister. The item is exactly like the photo. Pleased with the fine workmanship. My sister loves them and has received many positive comments about them. I will continue to purchase special gifts from this vendor.

  • sallie reynolds on Aug 2, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I treated myself to these earrings in hopes that they'd celebrate my hard-earned white-hair. They do. The clear blue lapis gleams like a waterdrop, and with sublime understatement, picks up the color of my eyes. The silver setting is perfect. I envy the person who can do justice to the mokume and turquoise pendants - so beautiful, like a a glimpse of sky in a desert canyon. Michael was one of the first artists to create mokume gane from high-quality gold. His patterns are organic (earth, air, fire, water). Exquisite. Subtle. Or bold. The new wood-metal rings fit in. beautifully. My husband and I wear his White Lightning wedding rings whose zaps and sizzles, after 12 years, have gentled so gracefully we try to live up to them. People with a good eye admire (and maybe even envy!)

About

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.

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  • Michael

    Owner, Designer, Maker

  • Aubin

    Owner, Designer, Maker

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