The Materials

The Materials and Process

The centerpieces of most of our creations are exclusive, individually hand-cast images of Saddlebred horses, foals, and Hackney ponies. They have been created using the lost wax casting method and can be cast in gold, silver or, as in most of our pieces, shibuichi; shibuichi has a history as an ancient metal alloy, dating back to 8th century Japan. First used to create feudal sword ornamentation, shibuichi is made up of silver and copper (gold can sometimes be added for a different patina).Temperature manipulation and finishing techniques produce hues that range from deep red, to chestnut, to gold. Patinas can range from deep red to textural greens and blues. The result is an un-ending variety of color and texture, making each cast “one of a kind”. The artist and designer prefer shibuichi as it provides a medium in which to produce amazing detail as well as warm, striking and ever-variable representations of the Saddlebred and Hackney pony coloring.

Our jewelry is made from a variety of natural materials, including semi-precious gemstone beads in sapphire, amethyst, garnet, topaz, aquamarine, toumaline, citrine, carnelian, peridot, labradourite, agate, jade, turquoise and cultured pearls; silver, copper and gold findings, cooper chain, leather, silk and satin cord are used to assemble the final designs.

GoldenGait specializes in unique, hand-made jewelry. Every effort is made to provide excellent quality for every piece of jewelry we sell. Occasionally we need to make substitutions for beads and stones in designs that may no longer be available to us. We make every effort to come as close to the design as possible.