Some pieces of jewellery are truly spectacular, and worthy of the most upmarket celebrations.
Others are more reserved, and can be used in casual settings, like offices, coffee shops, pubs – and even just around the house. This necklace straddles the happy middle-ground between those two extremes; it’s beautiful without being distracting, and so is great for both casual wear and for dressing up.
The adjustable suede tie is black so looks dressy when it needs to. For best results, it’s best worn on bare skin, or on a lighter fabric. This makes the intricate pattern of the lace all the more visible.
The lace has been meticulously crafted in northern France, using 19th century looms, and sophisticated hand-knotting techniques. It’s what makes this item so subtly beautiful. The pendant is available in two different colours – white and blue. In each case, the lace is black, and so shows up wonderfully. The pendant attaches around the neck using a suede tie.
A story card is enclosed with your purchase to outline the background of the lace and the making of the piece. If you’d like to see other items which match the look, then be sure to look through some of the suggested items listed below.
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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