Last year when my then-fianc?e and I were looking for a unique way to express our loving union we stumbled on an interesting forging and milling technique that produces beautifully patterned pieces. It is a difficult technique to master, and most jewelers have never heard of it. So, after spending some time researching the local scene here in Kansas City, my (now :D ) wife and I found our way into Goodden Jewelers due to the incredibly positive reviews of their custom designed works and friendly atmosphere.
In retrospect, those positive reviews were, if anything, understated. Elizabeth and Rick welcomed us in like family members. Elizabeth took this completely new work as an artistic challenge and we all agreed to work in close collaboration to explore the medium of Mokume Gane ? the fusing of two metals to create a unique and elegant pattern. Four months, several proto-types, and the most beautifully wrought bookmark later, we found ourselves holding two incredibly gorgeous rings well in time for our wedding ceremony.
By its nature, each mokume piece is unique. Elizabeth designed and made each of our rings to express who she thought we are ? and she nailed it! Each of our rings is an expression of not just the love between partners, but also the vision of an artist and the love of good friend. Working with Gooden Jewelers wasn?t a ?purchasing arrangement? it was a mutual journey in the best of company.
My wife and I highly recommend Goodden Jewelers and Know that Elizabeth and Rick will work with you to your satisfaction to create just the unique piece of custom jewelry to fit your personality. And, if you haven?t seen mokume before, it?s worth stopping in just to take a look at this unique craft.