B R A S S
Brass is a metal alloy comprised of copper and zinc. Known for its durability, brass has been used for centuries in Africa and is a sustainable alternative to gold. Today almost 90% of all brass in the world is recycled.
It is the nature of brass to evolve and tarnish over time. Some love this antiqued, darker look, while others prefer to keep their jewelry bright and shiny. Humidity, products on your skin, and your bodies natural chemistry are some of the things that speed up this process. To avoid oxidation, remove jewelry before showering, working out, or using sprays of any kind. When not wearing your jewelry we recommend storing in a sealed bag in a dry area away from sunlight and heat. Every piece of YEWO jewelry comes with a pro polish pad.
TO CLEAN: Clean unwanted tarnish and darker spots using the pro polish pad provided. Simply buff with the pad until the tarnish is lifted and the piece becomes shiny again. To clean lightly tarnished brass naturally, mix half a lemon and a teaspoon of baking soda, then mix together to make a paste. Apply the mixture to the jewelry with a rag or a toothbrush, rinse, and buff dry. If pieces become heavily tarnished, we recommend using ‘Brasso’ - an affordable cleaning product found at most hardware shops and is excellent for removing stubborn marks and tarnish.
S T O N E S
We currently offer two stones in our collection, a natural slate colored stone and an organic clay.
The slate colored stone is sourced from within 1 mile of our workshop. It is used locally as quarry stone for construction purposes, but we've adapted it to work beautifully with our recycled brass. Our artisans thoughtfully shape and sculpt the rough quarry stone into a smooth matte texture for our designs. It is a softer stone, so caution to not drop or hit it against hard surfaces is advised.
The natural clay is sourced from Southern Malawi where we partner with Dedza Pottery to create a pleasing earthy toned stone. It begins as kiln-fired clay tiles and our artisans thoughtfully develop them into their final shape. The natural clay can darken over time, but will clean up nicely using a soft brush with soap and water.
T E A K W O O D
Malawi is known for their incredibly talented wood carvers-- from dug out canoes to decorative wooden masks, this skillset is found across the country. We wanted to embrace this art form by incorporating wood elements in our designs.
The wood components are all hand-carved from teak off-cuts purchased directly from the Forestry Department and provide a living, fair-paid wage to the four independent carvers.
Similar to skin, wood can dry out over time. We recommend rehydrating your teak pieces by applying a small amount of coconut or olive oil and then buff it dry.