Cork Fabric - The Vegan Leather
Cork fabric is often referred to as vegan leather. It is soft and supple but also durable, making it an ideal leather substitute. Cork is naturally resistant to dirt and dust. If items do become dirty over time, the cork fabric can be washed with warm soapy water and then allowed to air dry. The fabric will not stain or discolor.
Cork comes directly from the bark of the cork oak tree. The bark is not harvested until the trees reach a certain maturity (generally between 25-30 years old and 24 inches in circumference). The cork oak tree is unique in that it regenerates its bark when it is removed so the tree is unharmed when the bark is harvested. Once a cork oak's bark is harvested, its bark is not removed again for another 9 to 12 years. The cork bark is boiled in water which makes it soft and flexible. Then during the fabric manufacturing process, the cork can be combined with other natural products such as straw or fennel to obtain unique patterning or it can be dyed to add color. Cork is a renewable, sustainable and vegan resource.
The cork fabric I use is produced in Portugal and does not contain polyurethane nor any animal derived ingredients. The cork manufacturer is officially vegan certified by PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Please note that the cork patterning is natural and therefore not uniform. As a result, each item will be unique.
I use Portuguese flat and round cork cording in all my jewelry. All of the slides, spacers and clasps are made from zamak (an alloy with a base metal of zinc and alloying elements of aluminum, magnesium and copper) and are free of lead, nickel and cadmium. They are manufactured in Europe and are electro-plated in silver that is 99.9% sterling silver.
Jewelry should be treated with care and removed before bed or any water activities. Also, when jewelry is not being worn, it is best to store items in a sealed bag with and anti-tarnish paper. If tarnishing does occur, gently polish with a polishing cloth.
To open the magnetic clasps:
Hold each end of the clasp, twist top side up and away from you and bottom side down and towards you. Please do not pull.
To remove bracelets:
Hold down small end of clasp with a finger. Place your thumbnail into the groove in the side of the clasp and gently pull upwards.