This 8th wedding anniversary small lace heart pendant on a sterling silver ball chain necklace is beautifully subtle.
It consists of real couture black lace embedded in transparent Perspex. The materials have been chosen to compliment each other – combining a delicate, traditional material – lace – with a modern, protective covering – Perspex. The modern fine chain works to add a contemporary element and make this lace heart necklace ultimately fashionable.
It’s the story behind this piece, or rather the material used, that makes it one of the most pertinent 8th wedding anniversary (lace) gifts available.
The ultra-delicate patterned black lace is sourced from Northern France where it is still made today on the original 19th-century looms (imported from Nottingham – it’s a long story!) Once it is taken down from the loom, it is hand-knotted to finish, creating the beautiful detailing you can see in the finished black lace heart.
All our lace collection pieces come with a background story card outlining the history of the lace and how it is made. So you not only will get credit for choosing a beautiful piece but one which is on ‘theme’ and rings all the right bells. In terms of an unusual story and a rare find, this jewellery hits the mark and should show that you took time to find something particularly appropriate and suitable for your traditional 13th-anniversary present.
Even though lace is the traditional 8th wedding anniversary gift, this is fashionable and will have a lot of life after the big day. It is a truly wearable, useful and versatile gift.
If your wife prefers subtle, delicate small necklaces or jewellery in general and likes jewellery and clothes that are fashionable but not extreme, you can see that this piece ticks the boxes.
As you can imagine, this small black lace heart pendant works well for work at a neckline of a suit. Even though it is lace, it is small enough not to be perceived as too decorative in a work environment. It will we hope to send a message that she has taste, knows what the correct thing to wear if and will get admiring glances.
Black lace anything is always perfect for evening wear – worn again on the skin or something plain and pale behind it, she should get a lot of wear out of this for more formal events too.
And, because it has black lace, it is the jewellery of choice for celebrities who wear it with jeans and a plain white tee-shirt. So as your personal celebrity, your wife can enjoy wearing the pendant with her own take on weekend wear too.
She’ll love that it can be worn every day and outlast traditional gifts of lace which while beautiful are often not as durable. Have a look below at the other items that make perfect matching accessories or can make opening her gift a decided pleasure!
Call us if you are in a hurry for this gift. We have next day delivery 6 days a week and can gift wrap this for you. Probably most importantly, please note we have a no quibble return policy.
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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