Arts & Crafts Shakudo Mixed Metals & Sterling Silver Ring
Shakudo is the use of mixed metal alloys and was originally used in Japanese armor and swords. Artisans would sometimes remove the Shakudo plaques from the armor and incorporate it into jewelry or art. It has become very collectible and quite unusual.
This fantastic sterling silver and Shakudo ring is a great example of this wonderful craft. Most likely from the Arts and Crafts period (ca1900), the ring appears to have been a small plaque from a sword or armor which was removed and set within a sterling silver ring mounting. The Shakudo plaque depicts a wonderful floral and leaf image with mixed metal hues, including gold and copper details. This fabulous and unusual piece would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurements: The oval shaped Shakudo plaque measures 5/8" wide, 3/4" tall and has a depth of a little less than 3/8". The ring has a finger size of a small size 7 but it could easily be resized.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the Shakudo plaque and besides normal surface wear, there is no significant damage to the silver mounting.