Kara Raymond

Kara Raymond

Jewelry

I make all of my own Mokume Gane, a 17th century, Japanese metal technique. Mokume Gane means wood grain in Japanese and was developed to create patterns for the handles of samurai swords. The metal is made by stacking 16-22 alternating layers of different metals, approx. 2 inches thick. The stack is clamped between steel plates and placed in a blacksmith’s furnace. The careful control of the heat and pressure results in the metal layers fusing to each other. I then forge, carve and roll the metal over and over again until it is light enough to be incorporated into my jewelry. I design and fabricate all of my pieces, using sterling and fine silver, 14 & 18K gold, my own Mokume, and embellished with an assortment of different stones & pearls. Pieces are limited editions or one of kind pieces. Shape, texture, and movement are key elements in my design. Creating Mokume Gane, a 17th century Japanese technique of fusing, forging, and carving different metals, offers me a creative broad pallet of patterns and textures in my metal work. Nature inspires me to create different textures, shapes, and layers in my work. Each piece is different from the next, organic, and balanced with symmetry.

My work is a blend of Asian & contemporary design concepts resulting in a blend of wearable, contemporary classic pieces, enjoyed by women of diverse ages.