'Makola' means 'Good' in Tumbuka. Japanese glass beads, satin brass / hypoallergenic sterling silver soldered posts. Handmade in Malawi - slight variations should be expected & embraced.
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. Polishing cloth can be used to brighten brass.