The brand crafts jewellery from bombshell brass leftover from the Cambodian war with local artisans. Emi & Eve utilises these discarded resources to showcase legendary craftsmanship, employ those in need and give their story a platform. Their story is intricately interwoven with various Cambodian and Balinese families, whom they have come to think of as their own during their business relationship. They are mostly single mums who do piece work making accessories. By officially registering the cooperative, these women can take part in subsidised sales activities and grow the business.
The brand recycles ERW’s (exploded remnants of war) such as landmines, artillery shells, and bullet casings to make jewellery. They happen to be made from brass and which makes it great for jewellery design. They even source semi-precious stones within Cambodia to promote the local economy.
The brand engages with a single mum and daughter, Thearith and Meimei, who were living in an HIV ghetto in Phnom Penh, to make pouches for their jewellery.
While it’s easier to buy a flat sheet of brass, the brand works with supplies who partake in the difficult task to melt down and flatten the brass from the bomb remnants. This is to show how they can make something beautiful out of the bad story of war Cambodia has become saddled with. The de-mining process to remove all mines set during the time of Khmer Rouge, protects the villages from accidentally activating these hidden mines.
The brand believes in the power of beauty from ashes. By recycling exploded symbols of war into luxury jewellery collections, they support landmine clearing, contribute to economic empowerment and revive ancient cultural craft traditions. Emi & Eve believes true luxury is sustainable.