Arts & Crafts Large 18kt Shakudo Plaque Ring with Flower + Butterfly Motif
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 Shakudo ring from the Arts & Crafts (ca1900s) era is a wonderful example of this unique craft. The mixed metals ring is crafted with a wide 18kt yellow gold band and features a substantial oval-shaped Shakudo plaque at the center. The face of the plaque is adorned with an idyllic scene that comes alive with 3-dimensional details. The design depicts a cluster of flowers, possibly lotus flowers, nestled among leaves at the bottom and a fluttering butterfly in mid flight at the top. The background of the image has a subtle texture which curves around the sides of the plaque, creating a beautiful textural appeal. The raised details of the flowers and butterfly are crafted in bright yellow gold hues, perfectly contrasting against the matte, oxidized background. The Shakudo plaque is attached to the wide gold band at the sides where two flower-shaped screws keep it securely in place. It is a stunning piece and would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The oval-shaped Shakudo plaque measures 5/8" wide, 1 1/4" tall and has a depth of 1/4". The ring has a finger size 6.5 but it could easily be resized. The overall weight of the ring is 36.6 grams.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the Shakudo plaque or to the gold band.