Sterling silver and copper Mokume gane handstamped locket.
Mokume gane means "wood grain metal." The metal is a mix of silver and copper, folded together in many layers to create unique patterns in the metal. No two pieces are alike. This particular piece of Mokume gane has a thick layer of silver on the back so skin won't react to the copper content as readily.
The necklace itself has the mokume gane on the front part of the locket only, and sterling silver on the back portion. It holds a message inside (or in this case, family members' names).
The top layer: a 1 inch piece of Mokume gane, created from copper and Argentium silver (more tarnish resistant than sterling silver, but just as pure as sterling). It has a small heart cut from the center, and the disc is then domed for dimension. No two Mokume patterns will be exactly alike, though they will have similar patterning. The patterning is only on the front of the disc.
The bottom layer: a 1 inch piece of sterling silver, stamped with your choice of words in a tiny script font. You can fit up to 60 letters and spaces (if you wish to use the tiny heart shown, please count it toward your total) on it. It is then cupped for dimension.
The discs are connected by a sterling silver jump ring, keeping them together but still allowing movement of the discs.
The chain: a sterling silver 18 inch rolo chain.