|Filigree is a dance between metal and air.|
For the past 5,000 years, artisans have been using this metalworking technique to craft breathtaking pieces of jewelry. The process is relatively simple; the results are anything but.
Early Greek and Etruscan artisans would pound pieces of metal (usually gold or silver) into lengths of slender wire. Then, by curling, twisting, or braiding, they'd shape the wire into delicate, open, lacy patterns.
|Real filigree is always made by hand.|
Over the centuries, more and more cultures fell in love with filigree. Each developed its own distinctive style. Irish craftsmen wove intricate knots from lengths of silver wire. Norwegians hung gold dangles from the elaborate filigree pieces both men and women wore with their traditional costumes.
|Flowers and leaves are traditional motifs.|
|A cuff bracelet with a contemporary feel.|