Inspired by the forests of Jamtland in the Swedish Lapland, and the bark on the tree which means the most to designer Johanna. The tree is several hundred years old, and stands tall outside the house that the designer grew up in, around two miles outside the Swedish town Östersund.
The bark on a tree grows thicker by earch year, and this can in some ways also be transferred to us humans. As we grow older and face challenges, we also grow thicker skin and hopefully become stronger and more calm in ourselves. This is also a symbolism which Johanna want the bark necklace to carry.
Brass is an yellow alloy (mix) of copper and zinc. It has been manufactured for thousand of years in many parts of the world. It is often used for decorations due to it’s bright gold-like appearance. Brass is nickel free.
Brass is a living material that changes over time. It darkens and gets patina which makes each item unique, but if you want your jewelry to be as bright as when you bought it, it’s easy to polish, just look at the Care-information.
How it's made
Good working condition
The casted jewelry is made by a small family-owned production site with around 60 workers, located in Bangkok. We are in the process of mapping out more about this production site and to know them extensively. We know that the site pay their workers minimum wage, overtime pay and that they have two days off pr week. Johanna has been working with this factory from the establishment of her label, almost 6 years ago, and they have been involved in the desing and production-process from early on in each collection. To know a culture and to know how you get under the surface takes time, so this in an ongoing process.
Supporting traditional skills
The casting process uses same technique and materials as used when casting Buddha-statues made for temples. Over time, generations of creative artisans built a tradition of craftsmanship around brass – a craft tradition that today only exists in a few places in the world. In 2009 Johanna established her label with artisans in Thailand as partners from the start.
Controlled and minimal use of chemicals
The factory have good and controlled processes with the small amount of chemicals used in the casting process
To track the raw material, however, seems to be a difficult and long process and we do not yet know where the brass and silver is from and how it is treated along the way. According to common perception, 90 % of the brass reserves are recycled. We will try to track the raw material and find out how to make this process open and transparent for everybody.
All excess brass and silver from the casting process is sent to a bigger site for cleansing. Waste material is separated from the brass and silver and the raw material goes back to the factory to be melted into new products.
See international ring size guide if you want to compare to other sizes and measurements. We reccomend taking a trip to a jeweller and ask them to measure you if you want to know your exact ring size
Here is also a link to how to measure your ring size
Got questions about size, colour or fit? Ask us here!
How to clean
The easiest way to polish your jewelry is to use ordinary copper and brass polish for the brass and silver polish for the silver. Polishes can be found at any good paint and hobby shop. You can also try to polish with ketchup or lemon juice for the brass.
How to use and store your jewelry
The bracelets and rings are easy to shape into desired shape and size. Brass and silver are soft and flexible metals, but be sure to still be careful.
- Warm up the jewelry with body heat, making it less brittle.
- Carefully bend to the required size. Do not break!
- Be extra careful with the jewelry that you bend frequently, such as bracelets to get on and off. Brass and silver is durable, but still a little fragile.
- Use the supplied small box or a jewelry box for storing.
- Storing your jewelry in direct sunlight
- Storing your jewelry in moist environments, such as bathrooms
- Bathe or shower with your jewelry
If your jewelry brakes
If a chain or something else breaks, please feel free to tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org! You have a one year warranty on all jewelry, and during this time Johanna will repair your items for free.
Most importantly, wear your jewelry with lots of love!
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