To my eye there are few things more lovely than lace. I've always been inspired by it in my own work, which is why I love filigree so much. There's just something about lace that I find exquisitely romantic without being over-the-top--if it's done right, of course. For all my love of lace, I'd always wished it were somehow incorporable into jewelry in some way.
|Lace Pendant Necklace - Rosalie Style in Black, $30|
For those of you who follow my Facebook page, this necklace from Topiary Designs probably looks familiar--it was one of my Etsy Favourites last week. Often my Facebook favourites posts inspire my blog weekly favourites post, and this necklace was the inspiration for this blog--I simply wanted to feature it. But there is not a single thing in this shop that doesn't strike my fancy.
|Lace Necklace - Harp Style in Ivory, $26|
It was the necklaces that caught my attention initially, but after a thorough browsing, I've decided that my favourites are the earrings. She chooses the most perfect bits of lace, giving you a wide variety of colours from which to choose. Not only can you choose the lace colour but also the metal--the ear wires are brass by default, but she offers sterling and gold filled as well. (I can't help thinking that these would make incredible bridal jewelry. How perfectly they would match a wedding dress!)
|Darling Buds Earrings (You Pick the Color), $10|
She does quite a bit of lovely work with filigree and stones as well, but it's the lace pieces that make this shop truly unique, and one of my new favourites on Etsy. (Incidentally, you can find her Facebook page here.)
|Frida Textile Bracelet, $236|
Ivy Long, a.k.a. EderaJewelry, describes her work as "opulent," and I can't think of a more apt description. Using old world lacemaking techniques and combining them with more modern touches like gemstones and precious metal, the effect is reminiscent of all the things I love about vintage jewelry and a testament to the value of handmade--truly, they just don't make them like this anymore.
|Delos Textile Earrings, $174|
Utilizing real precious metal threads (i.e, not metallic fibers or wire, but 14K gold and silver alloy threads) and silk, she crochets each shape individually, then adorns them with everything from vintage rhinestones and gemstone beads, which she stitches into them. Oh yeah, and it's worth mentioning that in every piece, the back is just as intricately detailed as the front:
|Isabeau Dramatic Lace Earrings, $226|
It's worth reading the necessarily lengthy descriptions of her pieces just to get an idea of just how much work goes into them. Her shop is lovely to look at, and her photos capture you immediately, the intensity of colour and ornate detail in her work immediately evident. But you have to look much more closely to fully appreciate the beauty here--you'll be missing out on something truly amazing if you don't. You can also find her on Facebook here.
|Paisley Lace Pendant, $44|
I came across this listing for this pendant from Inbar Shahak during one of my frequent browsing sessions for filigree, and it caught my attention immediately. My first impression was that it must be a piece of actual cotton lace, due to the fine detail. But the colour was so deeply golden that I realized it had to be metal. Then I assumed it was made with precious metal clay, and that the lace had been stamped into the clay or pressed from a mold; again, the detail of the lace was just so distinct and perfect. Finally, after visiting her shop and falling in love with several pieces, I got around to reading one of the listings' descriptions.
|Lacy Square Bracelet, $78|
That's how I discovered that these are not pieces of lace, nor are they made by mold or impression into clay. They are hand drawn designs, inspired by Victorian lace, Indian batik, and crochet patterns, which are then etched into metal. By hand.
|Marquise Metal Crochet Bracelet, $69|
Did I mention that this is all by hand?
I can't even comprehend the amount of time and labour that goes into each of these pieces. If you look closely enough you might be able to imagine it yourself. As if that weren't enough, she actually has another shop, where she features bridal jewelry, and she has even more listed there. Even if you aren't in the market for wedding pieces, there is a lot there that is very wearable for other occasions.
When I envision incorporating lace into jewelry, this is the image in my head. You can find her on Facebook here--she's got new photographs coming next week, and I for one will be watching her page.
Until next time,