The lacy metal work called filigree can be traced back nearly 5000 years and is one of the oldest and most beautiful art forms designed by man. Also known as filigrann or filigrane the name filigree is derived from the Latin words “filum â€Â meaning thread and “granum â€Â meaning seed.

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Filigree Jewelry

The filigree technique is a totally hand-crafted technique that requires hours of concentration. This artisan tradition has been passed down from generation to generation. Fine thread-like wires of precious metal are twisted together and shaped to create multi-dimensional designs with elaborate twists and turns.

Each piece of metal is carefully planned and placed using hot soldering process. The pieces are hand finish and frequently feature oxidization treatments to display the detail.

This beautiful artisan crafted jade pendant displays a fine filigree design in sterling silver. The work and detail of this piece demonstrates how a smooth cabochon gemstone can be elevated by elaborate metal work taking a jewelry piece from simple to stylish.