This 13th Wedding Anniversary Shaped Lace Cuff is probably the most outstanding piece in the collection in terms of showing off the fine detail of Chantilly lace. Along with our straight lace cuff, it is our best seller as a traditional 13th wedding anniversary gift for her.
The larger surface area in the cuff means you really see the beautiful intricate detail of the lace clearly. Charmingly, the design of this black floral version of lace goes back to the 16th century. It was rediscovered in the studio’s archives several years ago and has been in continuous production since for couture designers such as Valentino, Chanel and A-listers and celebrities around the world especially around Oscar time.
Even though it is larger in width, this black lace cuff is light to wear as the textile is encased in the finest acrylic making it weightless with a transparency of glass. If you look closely – and we have tried to be discreet – there is a small Lily Gardner logo on this and all our pieces too.
If you look closely there is a small Lily Gardner logo on this and all our pieces too.
The lace is still made today on the same large complex mechanical looms dating back to the 19th century when they were smuggled over to Northern France from Nottingham, England.
It is a beautiful eye-catching piece that works well with anything minimal. A little black dress or white tee shirt – both work.
Check out the sizes – there are three. You are more than welcome to change the size if needed too.
Every cuff comes with a story card detailing the making and history of the lace. An intriguing gift.
Have a look at our suggestions below for matching pieces that might help you make up a set.
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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