Eye Keep – Turquoise 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…
Turquoise is one of the first gemstones ever mined. It is thought that it could date back more than 3000 years as both Chinese artisans were carving it and Iran was mining it then. It has been used for thousands of years by the ancient Egyptians who adorned themselves in turquoise jewellery. They also buried fine pieces with mummies. Today, In the United States, the Native American Tribes, especially the Navajo and Zuni peoples produce the most renowned pieces using turquoise with silver to make bracelets, necklaces and other jewellery as well as belt buckles.
Turquoise has been long prized for its colour which varies from sky blue to pale blue, to greenish blue, or pale green, depending on the quantities of iron and copper within it.
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.