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Custom Gilded Lace Jewelry for Jill

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No Roses isn't just a gallery of completed artisan works, No Roses Studio also designs custom jewelry. We also partner with our colleague designers whose jewelry we showcase in creating amazing custom designs - from our clients' vision and the designer's creativity and skill.

So many of you are fans of the Gilded Lace collection of antique lace and precious metal jewelry by designer Monika Knutsson. We've been showcasing Monika's amazing designs of gold and sterling silver dipped antique lace since we opened in 2011.

What you might not know is that Monika Knutsson doesn’t just design Gilded Lace for jewelry galleries and boutiques - she also does custom designs especially for No Roses Jewelry's Los Angeles clients ...and those of you abroad who connected to us by email or social media.

We began receiving special requests from clients who wanted to preserve a piece of their family's heirloom lace by working with No Roses to design an original piece of Custom Gilded Lace jewelry personally handcrafted by Monika Knutsson. We love this exciting process and the personal connection and story the lace brings.

By dipping delicate lace in sterling silver or 24k gold, the beauty and value of the your wedding, anniversary, christening dress, baby clothes or other family heirloom lace is preserved. It is translated into a piece of modern jewelry that is meaningful and easy to wear - and best of all lasts forever. It's the most personal and precious gift of family tradition No Roses Jewelry and Monika have been privileged to help clients create.

In 2012 a special request came from one of our favorite clients, Jill Baer. Jill had a precious piece of lace from her mother’s wedding dress. She asked for a special piece of jewelry, not certain about the design at first. Jill also sent a piece of her own wedding dress for a smaller piece of jewelry, such as a ring or earrings.

No Roses' Design Director Lisa Sirlin Hall worked with Jill and Gilded Lace designer Monika Knutsson to create custom sketches of the jewelry design and Jill's vision. For Jill’s mothers lace, Monika suggested a statement necklace or a large brooch.

Jill chose the statement necklace with two flowers dipped in sterling silver. From the lace of her own wedding dress, Jill decided to have a dipped sterling silver ring made.

Jill was so enchanted with the designs, she  wrote a beautiful short story called ‘My Mother’s Lace’. Here is an abridged version:

I remember trying on my mother’s wedding dress when I was just a child. Standing on the bed, with yards of lace undulating around me like sea foam on an Atlantic wave, I imagined what it might be like to fall in love and let it sweep me off to uncharted shores.

Then came September 11th……and their apartment caught fire. Mom, my sister and I made trips to the old apartment to see what might be salvaged. It was heartbreaking to see my mom unzip the garment bag that contained one of her most cherished treasures – her wedding dress. It too had been burned. But then it caught her eye – a little patch of white. A scrap of lace remained unscathed.

The next morning when I awoke on the rental couch, Mom was standing at the ironing board, carefully smoothing out the patch of lace. “I can’t give you my wedding dress,” she said, “but at least I can give you this.”

I marvel at my parents. I marvel at their resilience and their love, which itself is like a piece of vintage lace – intricately woven out of moments large and small, memories, hopes, tender care, and romance – all so very fragile.

Miraculously, their love has survived six decades of life’s travails and challenges, including 9/11 and a raging fire.

What happened to the rest of the lace? Thanks to the imaginative Lisa Sirlin Hall at No Roses Jewelry in Los Angeles and the gifted jewelry artist Monika Knutsson, who both put so much heart into this project, it has been transformed into a gorgeous necklace! And a scrap of lace from my own wedding dress has been made into a ring to wear with it. This way I can always carry it with me and share its beauty with the world.

One day I will pass it along to another bride, as she rides into the future on her own wave of love and hope.

(Copyright Jill Baer 2012)