An­cient Crafts­man­ship Re­born

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An an­cient Ja­panese tech­nique for craft­ing samu­rai swords is the new­est trend in fine jew­ellery de­sign. Mokume Gane (trans­lated from the Ja­panese for “wood grain metal”) orig­i­nated in 17th cen­tury Ja­pan as a method for dec­o­rat­ing samu­rai swords. The tech­nique in­volves fus­ing lay­ers of pre­cious met­als in vari­ant colours and then ma­nip­u­lat­ing the fu­sion into a pat­tern sim­i­lar to that of nat­u­ral wood. Though the prac­tice largely died out to­wards the 1800s, this rare ser­vice can also be found in the coastal town of Kalk Bay, Cape Town. Here, de­sign­ers, An­dreas Bet­zold and Pa­trizia Litty, honour the an­cient method­ol­ogy in their ex­clu­sive brand, ANPA. Of­fer­ing a be­spoke jew­ellery ser­vice, the duo source, de­sign, and pro­duce all jew­els with ded­i­cated, per­son­alised ser­vice and per the high­est qual­ity stan­dards. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.anpa.co.za.

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