Brass is a metal alloy comprised of copper and zinc. Known for its malleable durability, brass has been used for centuries — the first example of brass jewelry dates from ancient Rome.
An affordable alternative to gold, brass allows us to produce statement pieces that have a luxurious look and feel at accessible prices.
Our favorite part? Aside from how good it looks, brass is sustainable. Today almost 90% of all brass in the world is recycled. We give materials new life by using materials acquired from local markets and vendors.
After significant investment and testing we have upgraded our SOKO HQ in Nairobi to include a gold-plating lab.
We are thrilled to take our jewelry to the next level with high-quality, long-lasting gold-plated collections. Each style matches our signature brass color and tone. Gold-plating jewelry provides a more premium product with reduced tarnish rate and longer wearability without needing to polish.
Our gold products are 24k gold plated brass.
Reclaimed Horn & Bone
Our cow-horn and bone products are crafted from the horn of Ankole Longhorn cattle, a breed native to the Rift Valley of East Africa. Our artisans ethically procure this reclaimed material, which is a byproduct of the food industry.
Our reclaimed horn has gorgeous natural variation in its color, so every piece is individual and can range from a dark lustrous black to striated natural tones.
Our teak off-cuts are sourced from a local Nairobi-based partner from pieces that often goes unused due to odd cuts and small sizes. The wood is grown in South Sudan. At harvest, the average tree is about 50 years old, and our partner implements sustainable practices for future harvest cycles.
Our silver is created from recycled brass that is chrome-plated for a silver-colored finish. It’s extra shiny, ultra-modern and tarnish resistant. During the electroplating process, we re-use the water for maximum efficiency.
Ceramic Beads by Kazuri
Kazuri is a renowned Fair Trade women’s collective in Kenya. They produce handmade, hand-painted beads and ceramics that shine in a kaleidoscope of colors. These beads are made from clay dug by hand from the rich earth of Mount Kenya, then carefully crafted one piece at a time. Your purchase directly supports their work.