• Messages from the past

    Messages from the past

  • Unique • Storyful • from Ireland

    Unique • Storyful • from Ireland

  • Tales from the Sea

    Tales from the Sea

Unique

Each necklace or ring contains a unique pottery shard.

Storyful

Each has a unique history, but we have chosen these pieces also because they summon up enchanting ideas.

From Ireland

Each is from Ireland, found by the Irish Sea or along the Grand Canal in Dublin and turned into jewelry by a daughter-father team.

A Little Bit of History

In the Dublin area, they are known as chaineys, though you won’t find that online or written down – and in fact most Dubliners have probably never heard of a chainey. These are the shards of pottery that wash up on beaches along the Irish Sea near Dublin*, and the word chainey is possibly derived from China, as in China pottery, specifically the willow-pattern wares which became popular from the late eighteenth century.**

Sea glass is not hard to find on some Dublin beaches, and bits of pottery are reasonably common, but it is rarer to find pottery or China with patterns on it, and rarer still to find the pieces that are our favourites – the ones that are like a phrase or a sentence from a bigger story.

Most chaineys we find have smooth, rounded edges, and our best guess is that they have been in the sea for around 150 years, some longer, some less long.

 
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Design: iCulture
Slider photos (altered): William Murphy: Dollymount Beach - North Bull Island; source • Brian Smithson: Dublin Bay; source