Pewter ribbon nautilus shell headband with beads.
This unique headband is the perfect, stylishly understated hair accessory for weddings and parties.
The intricate nautilus shells, which feature on this piece, have been created using a couture millinery technique.
I have made the shells from pleated petersham ribbon, in two complimentary shades of dark grey. The larger, lighter tone, ribbon shell features a 3D centre. Meanwhile, I have finished the smaller shell, at the top of the decoration, with pewter glass beads, which have a metallic finish for subtle shimmer.
Finally, I have wrapped the metal headband, which the shells are attached to, in black ribbon.
- Width: approximately 8cm (3.25 inches)
- Height: approximately 2 cm (0.75 inches)
- Length: approximately 10cm (4 inches)
- Ladies One Size
- Width: approximately 5mm (0.2 inch)
How to Wear
I have designed this piece so that it can be worn to the left or right of the head. The metal headband provides a secure fit, while I have backed the ribbon decoration with felt, to provide comfort for the wearer.
Where to Wear
This piece is incredibly versatile, and would add just the right amount of glamour to any outfit. Whether you’re attending a cocktail party, or you’re bridesmaid for your friend on her Big Day, this stylish headband is the perfect choice.
I will send your piece in a white hat box, which I carefully pack with acid free tissue paper, and finish with a pink satin ribbon. Storing your hat in this tissue-filled box will keep it in tip top condition for many years to come.
Although I don’t offer gift wrap for these designs, I can add a gift message card if you are gifting from a distance.
Please do complete your message in the box above, especially if you’d like it to be delivered direct to the lucky lass. Don’t forget to say who it is a gift for…and importantly, who it is from!
A Truly Couture Piece
The nautilus shell-shapes of this headband have been created using a complex technique, first established in the 1950s, by couture milliners. The technique involves the hand-pleating and hand-sewing of Petersham ribbon, in order to create the “nautilus” shell shape.
In the 1950s, this was a technique used exclusively by couture hat makers. Nowadays, I am one of only a small number of skilled milliners, still able to practice the technique.
The laborious nature of the process and the high level of skill required means that this technique is not suitable for mass production. Therefore, this brooch really is a unique piece of expert craftsmanship.
To find out more about the history of the Nautilus technique, and my personal journey of discovery, read my series of blogs on the topic.
Alternatively, I could use the design as inspiration for a bespoke order – creating something unique, tailored to your specifications. For example, I could use a different colour to suit your outfit. If you would like to discuss a bespoke order, please do drop me a message, and I will get back to you.
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