This 13th wedding anniversary round lace medium pendant on chain is perfect if you are looking for something with a contemporary shape.
If your wife prefers more minimal outfits, will want to wear this jewellery to the office or just isn’t into anything overly ‘girly’ like a heart – this is perfect.
It’s a feminine piece of jewellery with an edge. It holds the most delicate of textiles – lace – inside one of the most contemporary – Perspex. The addition of the modern fine sterling silver ball chain gives it a minimalist design component too. We use black lace for drama and to ensure that you really see the incredible intricacy of this textile.
Three colour ways are available – black lace in glass- clear Perspex (most popular) or black lace on pale blue silk or bright pink in the same Perspex. We use Perspex for its clarity and lightness as well as its longevity.
Original French Lace
The visual simplicity of our lace jewellery items belies the enormous amount of time and craft spent on each piece. Your pendant holds real black fine Levers lace, stilled loomed on original 19th century looms in France’s famous lace-making town Caudray.
It takes 4 hours to make one metre of this lace. And, even as it comes off the loom, it still needs to be hand knotted to finish the fine threadwork. Once we have it in our studio, we embed this very fine black floral lace in the Perspex sheets with resin.
We outline metre by metre with the various shapes. The detail of this particular 17th century floral pattern means many of the pieces will hold beautiful cell-like patterns that are abstract, while others cut are sprinkled with parts of the small lace flowers. Click the story tab for more information on the crafting of our jewellery.
It is jewellery that is ultimately unique in the truest sense of the word. And, we are the only company in the world that makes this. Each of our pieces comes with an outline of this entrancing story. Hopefully, aside from the beauty of the jewellery, this will stand out as a truly thoughtful and intriguing gift. Even after 13 years!
N.B. Don’t take our word for it. Vogue cited our lace jewellery as a ‘must have’. The V&A selected us as one of their feature jewellery collections in store during the Vivienne Westwood exhibition. Harrods, Matches and Colette Paris have chosen our iconic black lace jewellery for their stores.
The Lace We Use
Lily Gardner Lace Jewellery uses a particularly rare black lace still made in Northern France on original 19th century looms. This super delicate rose patterned lace is based on an original 17th design. Then, it was made by hand via an intensive sight destroying bobbin technique.
This method changed with introduction of looms brought from Nottingham to Northern France at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Solid British invention met French style and artistry – et voilå! The result was a lace which is now known as Leavers Lace (named after the Leavers looming machine from England).
Today, even though our lace is made on slightly more modern (?) antique looms, miraculously it retains the complex original design with all the detailed shadow effects of the flowers and foliage that make it so unique.
If you look closely too, you will see where the lacemakers have spent hours finishing the fabric by hand with intricate knotting.
Who Makes Our Lace?
Our lace, which is also used by France’s leading couturiers, is made in the small lace making town Caudry. Here, generations of French families have passed down the complex techniques of setting looms (with up to 7000 threads per pattern) and pattern ‘wheels’ – which hold a type of ‘magic ‘code for each beautiful and perfectly unique design.
The weavers – not only know how to set up intricate pattern wheels but are so skilled they can detect minor changes in the sound of the loom that indicate a broken thread. No alarms, just a keenly trained ear is needed!
Awe Inspiring Fact: One loom can produce only 60 metres of lace a day, and it can take three people two months to set one up.
Lily Gardner – Designer’s Note
“I first found this beautiful and very expensive lace in London’s Berwick Street in a shop famous for fabrics chosen by the Royal Ballet. I fell in love with this particular patterned lace but had no idea what I could use it for. Then I discovered the magic of Perspex, a crystal clear tough glass like type of acrylic – and an idea grew of creating a kind of armour for this extremely delicate textile. As if the lace was a fossil preserved for all time in amber.
The Perspex is ultimately modern whereas the lace is the embodiment of history, tradition and all things artisanal. A beautiful marriage. To me, it makes for an intriguing object that can be worn, observed and admired – daily. Which as you know, makes it completely rare. “ – Lily Gardner
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