YEWO

YEWO is a social enterprise + a jewelry design studio based in both Asheville, NC and Manchewe Village, Malawi. Every YEWO item is thoughtfully hand fabricated in their Malawi based workshop using both unique and traditional metal working techniques. By choosing to make products in the way they do, they directly create jobs in Malawi that encourage growth, financial stability, and a family-like workplace. In addition, a portion of YEWO sales are invested in local community development initiatives in Malawi.

 


Kuvina Earrings
Kuvina Earrings

Kuvina Earrings

Regular price $40.00
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'Kuvina' means 'Dance' in Tumbuka

Satin brass arch with teak wood circle / hypoallergenic titanium posts / nickel-free

Handmade in Malawi by a real person- slight variations should be expected & embraced

Brass Care

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.

Clean unwanted tarnish and darker spots using a polish pad. Simply buff with the pad until the tarnish is lifted and the piece becomes shiny again. 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.

Teak Care

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.

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Sumu Earrings
Sumu Earrings

Sumu Earrings

Regular price $38.00
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'Sumu' means 'Music' in Tumbuka

Satin brass and dark teak wood triangles / 5.5 cm long / nickel-free

Handmade in Malawi by a real human- slight variations should be expected & embraced

Brass Care

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.

Clean unwanted tarnish and darker spots using a polish pad. Simply buff with the pad until the tarnish is lifted and the piece becomes shiny again. 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.

 

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Fumu Earrings
Fumu Earrings

Fumu Earrings

Regular price $44.00
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'Fumu' means 'Chief' in Tumbuka

Satin brass with teak wood / sterling silver soldered posts

Handmade in Malawi by a real person- slight variations should be expected & embraced

Brass Care

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.

Clean unwanted tarnish and darker spots using a polish pad. Simply buff with the pad until the tarnish is lifted and the piece becomes shiny again. 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.

Teak Care

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.

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Makola Earrings
Makola Earrings

Makola Earrings

Regular price $52.00
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Makola' means 'Good' in Tumbuka, the language of Northern Malawi
Each unique piece is made by hand in our solar-powered workshop in Malawi. No two pieces are identical— slight variations should be embraced.
Materials: Satin brass, sterling silver posts, Japanese glass beads

 

Brass Care

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.

Clean unwanted tarnish and darker spots using a polish pad. Simply buff with the pad until the tarnish is lifted and the piece becomes shiny again. 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.

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Fumu Necklace
Fumu Necklace

Fumu Necklace

Regular price $42.00
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'Fumu' means 'Chief' in Tumbuka

Satin brass pendent with teak wood bar / 26” satin gold matte brass chain / plated / nickel-free

Handmade in Malawi by a real person- slight variations should be expected & embraced

Brass Care

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.

Clean unwanted tarnish and darker spots using a polish pad. Simply buff with the pad until the tarnish is lifted and the piece becomes shiny again. 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.

Teak Care

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.

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Zuwa Earrings
Zuwa Earrings

Zuwa Earrings

Regular price $40.00
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'Zuwa' means 'Sun' in Tumbuka

Satin brass arches  / 3 cm long nickel-free 

Handmade in Malawi by a real human- slight variations should be expected & embraced

Brass Care

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.

Clean unwanted tarnish and darker spots using a polish pad. Simply buff with the pad until the tarnish is lifted and the piece becomes shiny again. 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.

 

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Nadi Earrings
Nadi Earrings

Nadi Earrings

Regular price $48.00
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Nadi' means 'Sure' in Tumbuka

Japanese glass beads, satin brass / sterling silver soldered posts

Handmade in Malawi by a real person- slight variations should be expected & embraced

Brass Care

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.

Clean unwanted tarnish and darker spots using a polish pad. Simply buff with the pad until the tarnish is lifted and the piece becomes shiny again. 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.

 

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Singo Necklace
Singo Necklace

Singo Necklace

Regular price $40.00
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'Singo' means 'Neck' in Tumbuka

Satin brass aztec pendent / 16” antique gold matte brass chain / plated / nickel-free

Handmade in Malawi by a real person- slight variations should be expected & embraced

This purchase provides real change in rural Malawi. Click here to learn how

Brass Care

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.

Clean unwanted tarnish and darker spots using a polish pad. Simply buff with the pad until the tarnish is lifted and the piece becomes shiny again. 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.

 

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