Brass and sustainability
Of course, the basic material which Katerina Vassou jewellery is handcrafted with, is still brass, which continues to prove its worth not only by its attributes as a metal, the ones that constitute it the ideal raw material for Katerina to realize her inspiration, but also by the fact that it is a metal that meets the sustainability values – since the methods that are used to create and recycle it leave a very low carbon footprint, even compared with aluminium and steel. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, thus bearing the basic qualities of both of those metals, which explains why it is so easy to mold and use in order to create jewellery. However, it is not created by originally combining those two – a wasteful and expensive procedure – but through recycling, for it can be melted down and get recycled over and over again, without losing its qualities. It is a material created in accordance with the principles of circular economy, which is of the highest importance in the era of the environmental crisis.
The potentials of brass, as far as jewellery design is concerned, one can also admire on those pieces of the new collection, which use it as the sole material, elevated through gold and silver plating.
One thing is for sure, though. Whether through pieces of jewellery that feature semiprecious stones and interesting materials, or through designs that highlight the simplicity of one kind of material, the new collection carries original inspiration, a charming dark-y winter mood, endless creativity and impeccable style.