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Medium Lace Heart Pendant on Chain

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Description

Description

This medium-sized lace heart pendant on a chain is made with Chantilly lace.

The lace is sourced directly from the maker’s studio in Northern France where it has been made for over 100 years. The textile is encased by hand in a unique Perspex and resin mix. This is then cut into its distinctive heart shape and hung on a delicate sterling silver ball chain to give it a modern edge. This combination offers a fine balance between contemporary and traditional.
The pendant comes in three different colours with the black lace on top of each – transparent, blue and pink. The colours come from pure silk that is laid behind the lacy fabric giving a light colour hue to each piece. Each of these colours works well throughout the day with informal and formal outfits. If you wear a suit to work , it is the ideal necklace with a white shirt. The small pendant is discreet while the pattern softens the neckline. The contemporary chain is designed to sit neatly at the neckline although we can provide a longer one if required.

This jewellery, like everything you’ll find on this store, comes packaged in our smart black gift box wrapped in a distinctive Lily Gardner ribbon. Instant gift wrapping. Because of the rich history of the lace textile in this collection, we include a story card and details of the making of the piece with every purchase. As our jewellery invites comments, you’ll always have a story to impart.

Obviously, because of the detail in the lace, our jewellery works really well with plain coloured outfits. Have a look at our crisp white shirts on that score. Combine these with black trousers or jeans and you will have a stylish and chic ensemble.

Lace Story

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

Delivery
Delivery Options – UK and Worldwide. 

 
UK
  • Recorded Delivery (3-4 days) – £3.75
  • Next Day Delivery if ordered by 3PM. (No weekend delivery) – £10.00
  • Next Day Saturday Delivery if ordered by 3PM Friday – £12.00
 
EUROPE
  • Recorded Delivery (5 working days via post) – £10.00
  • Next Day Delivery (via DHL) if ordered by 3PM. (No weekend delivery) – £25.00
 
US
  • USA (5-7 working days) – £15.00
  • USA (2-3 working days via DHL – excl. US taxes and duties) – £25.00
 
AUS, NZ
  • AUS, NZ (5-7 working days) – £15.00
  • AUS (5 working days via DHL) – £30.00
  • NZ (5 working days via DHL) – £33.00
 
SOUTH AFRICA
  • 5 working days via DHL – excl. taxes and duties – £28.00
 
REST OF WORLD
  • Please email us to get an accurate idea of delivery times if your order is time sensitive – i.e. you are ordering for a special date – and the delivery cost.
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  1. Rated 5 out of 5
    Anniversary saviour

    Chris

    Brilliant find for 13th anniversary present for my wife. Customer service was also great.

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    Perfect for 13th wedding Anniversary & excellent customer service

    tim.chinchen

    As the title suggests and really helped with my post Xmas wedding Anniversary! Great product, recommend.

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    ben.danielsen

    As usual, my anniversary shopping was left to last minute. Super quick delivery and wife really liked the gift too…. Thank you!

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