Mixed Metal Drop Earrings


1 Available

Mixed Metal Drop Earrings

Sterling Silver and Mokume Gane Navajo Pearl Bead Drop Earrings by Navajo Artist Al Joe. These mixed metal drop earrings are comprised of round, saucer and fluted shapes. They measure a total of 4″ including the hook back.

Mokume Gane

Mokume Gane (pronounced Moe-koo-may Gah-nay) is an ancient Japanese metalworking technique, developed in feudal Japan by master swordsmiths. The name translates as “woodgrain metal,” referring to one of the most popular patterns created to adorn samurai swords. It followed the development of Damascus Steel (layered iron alloys), created hundreds of years earlier. Through the Mokume Gane technique, layers of contrasting colored metals are fusion welded, using very high heat and pressure, into one solid block or billet of metal. The billet is then further manipulated by forging, twisting, and carving to expose multiple layers, in order to develop more and more complex patterns. Traditionally, the Mokume Gane technique utilized copper, silver, and gold alloys. In the 1990s, STEVEN JACOB’s co-founder, Steve Midgett, was the first to add platinum and palladium alloys to this list. He has more recently developed a groundbreaking technology that allows the use of many space-age metals like titanium, niobium, and tantalum, that cannot be worked by conventional means.

Native American Artist: Al Joe

An award-winning Navajo artist who works in silver and gold, Al Joe is known for his painstaking precision and graceful designs.

Joe often incorporates stones into his pieces such aAl_joes lapis, coral or older turquoise stones from the Lander, Bisbee, Morenci, or Indian Mountain mines. As with many artists, it was a family connection that played a strong influence in Joe’s artistic development.

Joe’s evolution as a jeweler was unexpected as he, at one time, didn’t realize he

“had an artist inside.”

It has been a dedicated experience of very hard work to bring out his artistic talents. He believes some artists are naturally talented but is not hesitant to advise younger artists that there is sometimes an artist hidden inside that can take time and hard work to bring out.