Shakudo is such a unique material used in jewellery and was originally used for making fittings on Japanese swords such as the katana. When the samurai class grew obsolete, the shakudo masters turned their attention to jewellery, such as this very unique and elegant pendant dating from the 1870's.
Shakudo is an alloy of gold and copper of around 4 to 10% of gold and 90 to 96% copper, and has such a soft colour and texture to it, that in this piece highlights the scene of a Japanese scholar and his student.
Then making this pendant even more special, the shakudo is set on a piece of tortoiseshell that measures 34mm by 50mm, or 60mm to the top of the bail and will easily suit being worn on a gold or silver chain or collar as well as a lovely thick piece of black cord for a more dramatic statement.
As unique as it is beautiful, this shakudo pendant will no doubt always be admired and commented on.
Antique Shakudo pendant
Antique Shakudo pendant dating from the 1870's.
What is Shakudo?
Shakudo is an alloy of gold and copper, having around 4 to 10% gold and 90 to 96% copper, and was originally designed for swords such as the katana (long sword) fittings and other pieces such as the kozuka (the grip of a small knife) Japanese swords, and after the end of the samurai class grew obsolete, the shakudo masters turned their attention to jewellery.
Where can I buy antique jewellery in Australia?
At Kalmar Antiques in the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. Kalmar Antiques has one of the largest range of genuine antique jewellery and watches in Australia. For over thirty five years, we have been Australia's best antique jewellery store.
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