Mokume Gane Technique

Laboratory of Andrea D'Agostino

A fantastic visit to the Bottega Orafa Abc di D'Agostino Andrea in Venice city during Venice Design Week. October 2017.

A pleasant experience in Venice. during Venice design Week, I had a chance to visit a unique laboratory of Andrea D'Agostini. One of his expertise is creating metallic sheets and jewelries with the MOKUME GANE technique.



Andrea showing the difference of the the layers before and after the pressure
Andrea showing the difference of the the layers before and after the pressure

Hello to all my dear readers.

This winter holiday created a great opportunity for me to prepare some materials that I wanted to share with you on JewelryAround in these last 5 months. I was so busy with NobaharDesign (fortunately!!), lot of fantastic news and exhibitions which I am going to share with you all in this month. 

I start with a really pleasant experience in venice. I participated a contest during Venice design Week, which was really satisfying experience, and during that period I had a chance to visit a unique laboratory of Andrea D'Agostini. He has a great experience working with metallic materials since 1997. One of his expertise is creating metallic sheets and jewelries with the MOKUME GANE technique, and he explained in a lovely manner all about the history and steps in this technique.


Andrea told us that Mokume Gane is an ancient Japanese metalworking technique, developed by Japanese master smiths following the Damascus Steels (layered iron alloys, created during middle age). 

Examples of Damasco technique applied to jewelry are well known and can be traced since ancient times and from different parts of the world. Damasco technique was in fact used in Marocco, by Barbary artisans for their jewels, made in copper-brass and silver, but at the same time was well known and in use also in Indonesia, where can be seen in Java daggers Kriss, made of steel and iron skillfully forged and crafted. In Japan, it was a well-practiced metallurgic technique (Katanas are one of the most notorious examples), and throughout Japanese metal crafting history can be seen a continuous strieve to get new metals and alloys to combine using the Damasco manufacturing of not-ferrous metals. Damasco, when created by layering and bonding precious metals of different colors, has become known with its Japanese name: Mokume Gane (木目金). These words stand for “wood grain metal”.. 


Unisex rings with Mokume Gane technique
Unisex rings with Mokume Gane technique

The special beauty of this technique lies in the wide range of colors and shades, that combine Jewelry with Magic and Power.

In this ancient technique wonderful patterns are born combining different metals: Silver, Copper, yellow, white and red Gold. Combinations can be almost infinite.

This process requires a deep knowledge of each metal used and how they combine together. Several metallurgical studies on each different element involved in the jewel are necessary.

In return for these efforts the artisans gets unlimited and unique patterns, created by the metals themselves.


And here is my illustration of my favorite piece :) Let me know if you like it or not! 

You can find the original earrings here on his website and if you like to buy some of his designs you can stop by his laboratory at "Bottega Orafa Abc di D'Agostino Andrea Calle Del Tentor 1839 S. Croce 30125 Venezia" or simply take a look at his website:


My visit to the laboratory during Venice design Week


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  • #1

    sophia (Tuesday, 02 January 2018 18:13)

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos.