For this collection, we have partnered with Tonlé, a zero-waste ethical fashion manufacturer based in Cambodia, to launch a unique collection of accessories made exclusively from fabric off-cuts and textile waste.
These fabrics are considered "deadstock", which is fabric that garment factories typically have left over after a production run, dyed a wrong colour or surplus fabric that is unsold by the textile mills and left in storage.
Poncho & headband - Repurposed jersey stretch fabrics. They are hand-cut and then hand-knit. Over time the piece will give and stretch a little more than the original condition.
Fringe pieces - Repurposed from vegan leathers.
Poncho & headband - hand wash cold and lay flat to dry. Instructions for washing are on care label on the poncho.
Fringe pieces - wipe with damp cloth if needed.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. As each piece is upcycled, there is no accurate amount of the metals in every piece and may contain small amounts of other metals. Copper and zinc do not contain nickel, however, as each piece may vary slightly we cannot guarantee that it is entirely nickel-free.
Brass ages with time (just like wine!) and this is called a patina This means that due to natural oxidation of the metal and exposure to heat over time, it will slightly darken in colour. Storing the jewelry in a plastic bag will slow oxidation. Most customers actually enjoy the colour of the brass once it ages!
Similarly to sterling silver, it can be easily cleaned and returned to its original shiny state using natural cleaning methods. Ensure you are polishing it regularly to keep it's luster and shine!
Our favorite cleaner is called the UNIVERSAL STONE. An eco-friendly all-purpose cleaner that gives The Golden Collection an incredible shine!
An all natural cleaner:
Homemade Vinegar Paste
1. Create a paste from vinegar, salt, and flour. Mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt into 1/2 cup (125 ml) of white vinegar, stirring until combined.
2. Rub this paste onto the brass.
3. Rinse the jewelry under warm water.
4. Buff the jewelry dry using a soft, dry cloth.
Even simply rubbing lemon on the brass works well, too!
The short answer is it depends!
Any type of heat against the metal will cause oxidization, and in this process could cause some discolouring of the skin depending on your body chemistry and acidity levels. Sometimes, this could also happen if you have an allergy to the metal.
We normally advise that if you have very sensitive skin or have never tried wearing brass before, to be mindful and consider that before making a purchase.
Yes! We would suggest using a clear nail polish on the inside of the ring or bracelet and this will add a coating to avoid any discoloration. This is a very easy solution!
We have tried extensively to find various methods of plating to solve the discolouring problem. Our attempt to keep everything local to Cambodia made it very challenging, as well as the problem of most plating solutions being incredibly toxic for our artisans to use. We decided against this for that reason. We hope you can understand and enjoy brass for the beauty it carries on it's own!