Ancient Craftsmanship Reborn
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.