Silver
All silver used is sterling silver, sourced from local precious metal refining companies. Look out for the .925 stamp on the back or the inside of each silver piece.

Brass & Copper
Copper is red in colour, quite malleable and quick to tarnish. Brass is harder, yellow in colour and an alloy of copper and other white metals. Both are sourced from local non-ferrous metal suppliers.

Re-loved E.P.N.S. Cutlery
Scavenged from local flea-markets and junk shops. E.P.N.S. stands for Electro-Plate Nickel Silver. On most pieces the E.P.N.S. stamp will still be visible. Also distinguishable by a two-tone colour; bright white with a yellow tinge showing though in places where the silver plating has either been deliberately filed off or has rubbed off with wear.

Silver Chains
Sourced from local importers of goods from the East. All chains used are sterling silver unless otherwise specified.

isiShweshwe (ujamani / African Print Cloth / Blaauwdruk)
Brightly printed cotton fabric; an integral part of southern African cultural heritage. Originally introduced by European settlers, isiShweshwe has since been widely popular among locals and settlers alike, and used extensively in contemporary fashion design all over the world. Originally printed using natural indigo dye by means of a discharge process where the dyed fabric is passed over etched rollers and the patterns are chemically drawn out. IsiShweshwe is printed exclusively under the Three Cats trademark in Zwelitsha, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Its rich history is invoked by its distinctive smell, original indigo, brown and red colours and its intriguing patterns. The large scale production and distribution of isiShweshwe fabric, as well as its extensive use around the world, especially in the face of huge competitive pressure from Chinese imports, is something for South Africans to be proud of.
Sourced directly from Da Gama textiles, Zwelitsha.
100% cotton, please wash separately. Refer to individual product tags for item-specific washing instructions.

Antique Ivory
Old pieces of Ivory that I’ve collected over the years. Trading of ivory is a controversial subject, but it doesn’t make sense to keep hiding these beautiful pieces away or to destroy them. I most certainly do not condone poaching and hunting of wild animals. 20% of the sale of all ivory pieces will be donated to a local wildlife conservation organisation (tba).

Gemstones
Mostly sourced in India.
I use both genuine semi-precious stones or imitations. Often specified on the item tag or online product description, please ask if you are unsure.

Silk Fibre / Cotton Thread
The silk fibre we use is waste fibre from the silk fabric manufacturing process in India. It’s multi-coloured and fluffy, and made up of many tiny strands wound or tangled together. Cotton thread is usually used to string beads or for decorative tassles.
Sourced either directly from India, or through local importers of Chinese goods.

General Care
Avoid contact with water, direct sunlight, perfume, harsh chemicals and other damaging elements.
Avoid sleeping with your jewellery on.
Avoid unnecessary stress or strain; tugging, squashing, bending etc.
Most metals will oxidise (tarnish) naturally over time. Silver will oxidise faster than usual when emerged in seawater. To bring back the shine, try using brasso or a silver polishing cloth. You could also try scrubbing with a toothbrush and a mixture of bicarb, dishwashing liquid and water. Bring your pieces in to the studio and I’ll happily re-polish for you, on the house. Re-polishing of silver jewellery pieces that were made elsewhere will be charged for. Please note: I do not take on jewellery repairs or alterations.