I recently discovered a jewelry maker listing his products
fraudulently on eBay. A search on the term “mokume” turned up a long
list of titanium rings. They were neither made of nore did they
contain Mokume . The maker just called them mokume to get them to be
seen by folks looking for rings. When I contacted the maker he was
belligerent huffed and puffed about applying for a trademark on
Mokume. That was a laugh!
I contacted Ebay about the fraudulent listings with some supporting
documentation. They responded and the listings have been removed.
Below is their letter and a guide to reporting fraudulent listings
and other problems. It is a little time consuming but worth the
After pin pointing the area of concern you just click on "Contact Us"
and fill in the form.
PS The term “mokume -gane” keeps turning up in inappropriate places.
For instance you can make "mokume " from Fimo. That would be “wood
grain Fimo” or “wood grain plastic”. You can not make Fimo “Mokume
-gane”. The term “-gane” in this instance means metal. If it is not
metal the full term cannot be applied.
Ebay Form removed - Sorry No ebay links on Orchid, Please!
Bill Seeley, President
Reactive Metals Studio, Inc.
928/634-3434 * 800/876-3434