Recycled brass is the cornerstone of our jewelry collections. As a versatile binary alloy composed of copper and zinc, it is both a practical and precious metal and makes for an ethical alternative to gold.
All brass is free from lead and cadmium – we ensure complete contaminant removal occurs during the recycling and purification process.
Gold jewelry components such as earring fastenings and necklace chains are made from 9ct gold and 14k gold fill.
Our gold-plated pieces are created by electroplating 24k gold onto brass at a thickness of 1 micron.
Some pieces, such as earrings, are made with 925 sterling silver or have sterling silver fastenings. Others feature silver that is electroplated brass with an additional layer of chrome which gives them a high shine and a durable finish.
Brass is a metal that meets sustainability requirements, as the methods used to create and recycle it have a lower carbon footprint than even aluminum and steel. An alloy of copper and zinc, brass carries within it the basic properties of both of these metals, which explains its ease of "shaping" and its use in jewelry design. However, it is not created by combining the two metals, which would be both costly and environmentally harmful, but rather through recycling, as it can be melted down and reused over and over again. This process does not affect its valuable properties, making it a material that exemplifies the principles of the circular economy, an important consideration given the environmental crisis.
Before melting, pouring, and hammering the brass material by hand, our artisans source it ethically from various places, including waste facilities, focusing on recycled and reclaimed elements. As a result, each piece is traceable, from design to delivery.
Our jewelry is 100% handmade by talented artisans and built to last. With proper care, it should last you a lifetime.
Full disclosure: Although we strive towards zero waste in our manufacturing process, sometimes it is not entirely possible, as small, randomly-shaped pieces of brass may separate from the finished product during jewelry casting.