The first example on record of a mention of the thimble dates back about 2500 years ago. First made in bronze followed by other precious materials. In 1300, the importance of the thimble in society appeared in Nuremberg, Germany, where the first thimble factory is on record. By 1500, Nuremberg became known as the brass thimble capital of the world. Not 200 years, later, a Dutchman founded the first mass-production machine-made thimble factory in London. Still, there remained great demand for handmade thimbles. Over the centuries, as the sewing machine revolutionized clothing manufacturing, the cross-section of thimble designs has declined. Today, rendered almost obsolete, the thimble lives on purely for its charm and iconic design properties in jewelry and for other decorative purposes. The thimble is regarded as something that represents so much more; something not to be lost, but rather kept with care, to be cherished and passed on through to future generations.In an ever-changing, fast-paced society such as ours, handing down traditions, rituals and symbols from generation to generation is very important to keep the cultures and history of the world alive.
The inspiration to make the sewing thimble, the principle element of an elegant line of silver "lucky charm" jewelry came to life from the story of an old Latin American tradition according to which, this now obsolete small object became a symbol of love and protection. It is the story of an act of love, family and tradition. It is said that grandmothers would give a small thimble to their daughters and grandchildren who were ready to leave the security of the home as symbol of protection from everything “that can adversely affect you in life". The thimble was then passed down from generation to generation, strengthening its protective power over the years ...
The brand Keep Out derives from the passion and the extraordinary creativity of the young entrepreneur Stefania Gagliardone from Casale Monferrato in Italy, who has been a professional precious stones industry dealer for several years and the founder in 2014 of the company Hang Loose based in Casale Monferrato.
Fascinated by its history, Stefania Gagliardone, ﬂanked by a team of industry professionals, created the Keep Out label in September 2014. The collection includes bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings made exclusively in Valenza by hand, the leading city in the world in the ﬁeld of jewelry and goldsmith work.
Today, the brand has expanded, in addition to jewelry, into several other classifications such as clothing, accessories, tech, cosmetics, food and beverage.
Our global strategy is to reach out to the world with our message of safety and protection. Through advertising and our new American website we plan to spread the word about Keep Out.
The brand strategy is completed by out attendance at the most important jewelry and accessory trade shows so as to grow our network of only the finest jewelry and specialty stores.
Keep Out offers a variety of jewelry categories: bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, cufflinks and much more.
Each piece is handmade and produced by skilled craftsmen and women in Sterling Silver with variations in natural zirconium stones.
Keep Out is also available for special order in gold, platinum and precious stones.