Fran had long thought about what to do with her grandmother’s wedding dress from 1904. She kept the dress carefully wrapped in acid-free tissue paper.

Fran had seen the Gilded Lace Collection jewelry at No Roses Jewelry in Los Angeles. The idea of making jewelry from her grandmother’s wedding dress intrigued her.

One day, Fran decided to show the wedding dress to Lisa at No Roses Jewelry. Lisa ensured Fran that it would be a great idea to send the dress to us to see what design ideas we would come up with. So No Roses Jewelry mailed the dress to us in New York City.

We opened the box with great anticipation. The wedding dress was handmade in Philadelphia. The lace, mainly Valenciennes lace, had been imported from France and inserted by hand into the dress. The dress consisted of five parts: a long coarser underskirt, a long sleeveless ‘fine lawn princess slip,’ a thinner top skirt, a thinner cotton long sleeve high neck blouse, and a lace jacket. All pieces to the dress were made in cotton with inserted Valenciennes lace. Although partly stained from age, the dress was extraordinary.

We took photocopies of the lace on the dress and, from those copies, designed the jewelry pieces. When making the jewelry, we took great care to cut as little away from the lace as possible.

Here are some of the designs: Fran Earrings Drawings

Design Drawings for EarringsFran Necklace DrawingsDesign Drawings for Necklace

All designs and design drawings are copyrighted to Monika Knutsson