This exclusive and unique ring has its inspiration from the old Japanese forging technique Mokume-gane and the world famous death mask of Pharaoh Tut-Ankh-Amon.
Mokume-gane is a forging technique that originated from the technique of damask steel. This technique is used by the Japanese in the 17th century to make their swords. By soldering all sorts of layers of (different) steel types together and then folding them many times, they greatly improved the quality of their swords. This technique creates a very organic pattern in the steel that gives the impression of wood grain. Mokume also means wood grain in Japanese and gane metal. In the course of time, this particular technique has almost been forgotten. But has recently been rediscovered in Japan as an art form (and also here in the West).
Tut-Ankh-Amon was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. His tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter. The reason why Tut-Ankh-Amon got so famous is due to his tomb which was found completely intact, which is rare. Many tomb robbers and treasure hunters have emptied many tombs of pharaohs. There were approximately 3500 artefacts, including his death mask.
The gold and blue striped headscarf of the death mask is called a nemes. The nemes isn’t actually the crown of the pharaoh but a piece of cloth that covers the crown and the back of the pharaoh’s head.
Two parts of the cloth hung downwards alongside the ears on the front side of the shoulders. The backside the cloth was tied together in a braid provided with rings. The amount of rings determined the age of the pharaoh, which means Tut-Ankh-Amon was 19 years old.
The nemes of the death mask of Tut-Ankh-Amon is made of gold and lapis lazuli. Lapis lazuli was for the ancient Egyptians a holy stone which contained magical powers. They called lapis lazuli the stone of the sky because it had a connection with the afterlife, while gold symbolized the sun and life.
This creates a nice contrast in the nemes of the death mask of life (gold – sun – life) and death (lapis lazuli – sky – death). Life embraces death and death embraces life.