Pure precious metals

Since pure precious metals are very soft by nature, they are generally alloyed with other metals in jewellery making. The advantages of the resulting alloys are that they are more resistant and naturally less expensive than pure precious metal. 14k gold, for example, contains only 58.5 % pure gold. Alloys cannot fully imitate the pure colours of the precious metals, however. The use of alloys may also increase the risk of an allergic reaction: allergic reactions are not often caused by gold or silver as such but rather by the added baser metals (such as copper). That is why I have specialised in using pure precious metals in my work. To achieve the necessary degree of hardness and resistance, I use strain-hardening.

Felix Westenberger Schmuck Werkstatt

Mokume Gane

is a special jewellery-making technique dating which originated in 17th Century Japan. Mokume means wood-grain and gane means metal. As suggested by its name, the jewellery in that style, although made of metal, has the appearance of grained wood. Another special feature of Mokume Gane is that the joints does not show any joints but rather appears to be seamless. Not only rings are made in the Mokume Gane style, but also chains, pendants and many other articles. A variety of different precious metals are used to make Mokume Gane, including silver, palladium, platinum and, of course, gold. Although Mokume Gane became well known in Germany only a few years ago, the technique has succeeded in winning a large number of fans in that relatively short time. To find out more, see www.wikipedia.en.

Felix Westenberger Schmuck Goldschmied
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