Eye Keep – Garnet Sterling Silver Collection
We are a small Irish family business creating luxury handcrafted accessories that tell a story. All our products are handmade in our studios in Dublin using the finest quality materials.
Our handmade eyeglass holders known as Eye Keeps address the problem of where to keep your glasses when not on your face. The Eye Keep is a piece of functional jewellery worn around the neck like a necklace with a ring for your glasses to sit safely through so that they are close to hand at all times. In reality, it is a necklace for eyewear.
The Eye Keep is ideal for anyone who wears reading or occupational glasses and perfect for your sunglasses. Our Eye Keeps come in everyday casual wear where we have cord eyeglass holders, to high-end jewellery pieces to include beaded eyeglass holders and pearl eyeglass holders, so there is one to suit all occasions. They come in a wide range of colours too. The Eye Keep comes with a velvet pouch.
We love and appreciate the story behind each of our products and want to share that with you, so, we have taken the time to select the right materials to make each one of our Eye Keeps so that you can experience today, that small piece of history that existed long ago
A little piece of history…
Garnet dates back to the Bronze Age. The name Garnet was derived from the Latin word ‘granatum’ which means pomegranate. This was because the small, red crystals were thought to look like pomegranate seeds! Garnet has been a popular gemstone throughout history. The Egyptians used Garnet as inlays in their jewellery and carvings. The ancient Romans used it to make signet rings and the nobility favoured Garnets in the Middle Ages. It was the Victorians who fashioned clusters of the tiny red gems into larger statement pieces making the Garnet gemstone very popular during that era.
Garnets are mostly associated with the colour red but can also be orange, pink, green, black and honey brown.
Silver has a long history. The first evidence of silver mining dates back to 3000 BC to Turkey and Greece. Today most of the world’s supplies of silver comes from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Peru and Bolivia.
In Ireland, The Silvermines in Co. Tipperary is unique amongst Irish mines for two reasons. Firstly, it contains sulphur. Secondly, for its longevity. Mining at Silvermines dates back as far as 1298 when Italian miners came in search of silver. The last working mine was closed in 1993.