Mokume-Gane Bead Necklace by Al Joe
Incredible Mokume-gane NECKLACE!! This necklace features meticulously hand made textured, fluted and Mokume-gane beads. Navajo Artist Al Joe discovered the Japanese Mokume-gane metal work skill in the early eighties when materials to create it were harder to come by. At that time he used it to decorate a coral bracelet and so doing won first place in The Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial!
Mokume -gane is a painstaking process of using many levels of metal to create decorative elaborate patterns. It was initially developed in the 17th century by Denbei Shoami to adorn swords as a status symbol.
This necklace measures 25 1/2 inches.