They come in blood reds, midnight blues and subtle grays. Some have blooming flowers around them, while others resemble Egyptian art. But, unlike other types of jewelry, these pieces aren’t for the ears, neck or wrists. This type of jewelry is designed especially for the eyes.
Eyejewels are the creation of Israeli designer Meirav Piekarski. They are a hybrid of jewelry and glasses, entirely hand-made from sterling silver. “It’s wearable art,” Piekarski notes.
Piekarski has turned creating these glasses into an art form. The production process is very daunting and includes soldering, polishing and sawing. The lenses in each frame are hand cut and the screws are hand-shaped. “It can take up to one month to produce a frame, making each piece a work of art,” Piekarski says.
After working for many years as an industrial designer, Piekarski longed to create designs that allowed her to work more with shape and color. She enrolled in a silversmithing course and then delved into eyewear.
“I think of my glasses as a dance between the minimal and the extravagant,” says Piekarski. “I wanted to create something that reflects both my architectural and creative side.”
Eyejewels are “windows of the soul” Piekarski believes. “Wearing eyejewels affects the way you see the world and the way you are perceived,” she notes.
Though the frames come in tinted lenses, Piekarski says they are perfect for either ophthalmic or sunwear. In addition, many of the six styles can be made into prescription lenses. Piekarski is also open to custom-making frames for customers.
“Eyejewels are all about the details,” Piekarski explains. “They are hand-made so I can do things that you can’t do in mass production.”
Piekarski hopes that her customers appreciate her fusion of function and fashion. Her target market is a “high-end, sophisticated consumer” who wants to have fun with eyewear. Eventually, Piekarski would love to see her frames on celebrities. “Ornament the body and it becomes theater. Its wearers become performers in a show,” she says.
More information about Piekarski’s designs are available on her web site at www.mp-eyejewels.com. —LS