This small piece is beautifully subtle. It’s the smallest of our heart pendants, and consists of a Perspex heart, embedded with intricate couture lace, hanging from a sterling silver fine ball chain necklace.
It’s ideal both for both casual occasions and formal ones – and for work as well as play.
A small piece like this works well as an accent either for a shirt, t-shirt or formal dress. It’s available in a trio of colours, namely pink, black and blue. The transparent acrylic is best complemented with bare skin, or with pale clothing – this will help the black lace pattern to be as clear as can be.
The lace inside these pieces is crafted by in northern France, who use traditional techniques to create lace of incredible beauty, first spinning it on original 19th century looms before hand-knotting it to create a beautiful finish. Take a close look and you’ll see just how intricate their work is.
A heart makes a beautiful token of love and gift for Valentine’s Day, and lace is perfect for modern 8th wedding anniversary or traditional 13th wedding anniversary gifts. You’ll love that it can be worn every day and out. Many traditional gifts of lace which while beautiful are often not as durable.
Encased in this highly-smooth acrylic heart, the effect is all the more compelling. If you’d like to expand the look, you can pair this item with some of our matching accessories. These include cuffs and earrings, which you can see 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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The lace in these pieces is still made on 19th century looms in Caudry, Northern France.
It’s taken off the loom halfway through the process and painstakingly finished with fine knotting. The lace is made in the same workshop that recently created the lace that went into the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s wedding gown.
Details of this process are included on a story card with every item.
Our lace jewellery was featured in Vogue as a ‘must have’.