The art of Shakudo , or mixed metals, has world-wide collectors. Shakudo is an alloy of approximately 96 percent copper and 4% gold and when patinated forms a fine gray/black. In the art of Japanese Shakudo, the artisans used their skills to adorn the swords of the Samurai warriors. After the Haitoreo Edict in 1877, forbidding weapons, the culture of the Samurai ultimately ended. These artisans found themselves out of work and resorted to other means of economic survival. They created jewels for export, as well as items for the Japanese women to adorn their kimonos and hair. Many of these fine pieces of jewelry were fashioned from elements from the disassembled swords.
In this fine example, two Shakudo circular plaques were framed in 18k rose gold and then set within a frame simulating a frame of lattice work. It too has a perimeter of rose gold. The central plaque is backed in rose gold as well. The intricate metal work and the use of silver, copper and gold accents is quite exquisite. This is finely rendered and unique, as it is completely handmade. .
It measures 1 1/4 inch down from the top of the wire X 1
across inch across. Excellent condition with later 14k ear wires.
Japan, circa 1890