The art of filigree was born during the Roman period and it was passed down through generations of skilled medieval jewelers, often emulating the work of the Byzantine goldsmiths of Constantinople, embellished crosses, reliquaries and the covers of Bibles. Later, it became very popular in the French fashion world from the 60’s until today. And actually, countries such as India, Italy, and of course, Portugal, have been treasuring it. Deeply embedded in Portugal’s history and culture, there are countless brilliant examples of this remarkable technique.
“When crafting a piece, the end result is always different, each piece is unique. It is hand-crafted work, a work of love”
Filigree is the most delicate technique used to work precious metals, usually of gold and silver. It is an age-old and detailed jewelry expression in which skilled artisans painstakingly solder tiny beads and twisted threads to create striking artistic motifs, suggesting often an exquisite and intricate lace-like pattern.
The fine wire elements are soldered together to create small and rich accessories, usually jewelry pieces such as rings and necklaces, but in a bold, and certainly unexpected move, Boca do Lobo has been mastering the art turning it into upscale masterpieces.
“It takes thousands of attempts to get right and the threads can be as thin as a hair. The way the material is bend will never be the same, the threads can bend a little bit more or a little bit less, machines can’t do this.”
In the old days there were around 120 artisans, and in less than ten years there are only 12 filigree artists in Portugal. There are a lot of items conceived by machines naming it as filigree, but then there are things that engines will never be able to do.
Coração de Viana by Portugal Jewels
Portugal Jewels’ portraits the traditional Portuguese jewelry, promoting the quality of manufacturing and design that distinguish it throughout the world. With one of the most complete collections of traditional jewelry, Portugal Jewels also develops exclusive collections that combine the inheritance of the technique with contemporary designs.
Filigree Viana Heart Golden Earrings by OMNIA
OMNIA is a world of emotions and experiences. A detail that comes subtly, but one that stands out and harmoniously completes the outfit, which misses it when it’s not there. OMNIA embodies a cosmopolitan, passionate, authentic and inspiring woman, the Omniagirl. Using only high-quality materials and careful manufacturing that combines experience and passion. Silver plated sterling silver heart earrings with a frosted finish. Earrings in 925 silvers. Matte finish 18ct gold plated vermeil on Sterling Silver Filigree Viana Heart Earrings.
Deco by Eleuterio
All Eleuterio jewels are unique pieces, as they are produced manually. The art of the filigree is presented in all of them, always associated with a contemporary and timeless design. Eleuterio is an international jewelry brand aimed at a modern, cosmopolitan and demanding public. Unique jewelry pieces, manually produced by brand craftsmen which are based on the ancient technique of filigree. Euletrio is present in several European countries like USA and Japan. This exquisite Yellow Gold Ring is presented with fifteen exclusive Diamonds in the middle of the jewelry and gold filigree details fulfilling all the ring.
Mirror by Boca do Lobo
Boca do Lobo strives to encourage sensational experiences by creating beautiful pieces which are passionately inspired and handcrafted in Portugal by a staff that loves what they do; experiences which pass on the feeling of exclusivity. The brand’s furniture is an exclusive emotional experience, a sense of belonging and a state of mind. The Filigree Mirror resorts to one of the oldest jewelry making techniques known. Completely handcrafted, with each brass cord fitted with precision, the Filigree Mirror flourishes in a shape traditional to Portuguese culture and art. A true work of art the luxurious mirror plays tribute to Boca do Lobo’s core values heritage and craftsmanship.
Jewelry Case by Boca do Lobo
Each piece will bring you on a journey to sources of pleasure you may have forgotten, and take you to places you have never been before; a journey to Boca do Lobo world – a world of emotions. Filigree is the most delicate technique used to work precious metals. An ancient metalwork technique in which skilled jewelers painstakingly solder tiny beads and twisted threads to create beautiful artistic motifs, and it has been used for hundred years in the northern lands of Portugal, honoring its rich heritage. With a polished brass body finished with black lacquer and high gloss varnish covered with intricate filigree patterns, this jewelry case is suspended over four pad shaped feet.
Elisa Pendant Necklace by Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott designed her first collection of jewelry in 2002. Known for her unique use of color and quality materials, Kendra has created collections of timeless pieces that have won over loyal fans, media and celebrities alike. Whether layered with a statement necklace or worn on its own, our classic Elisa Pendant Necklace in Filigree is a delicate accessory that will soon be your favorite go-to.
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Ring Pearl and Sphere Filigree by Topázio
It all began in a small workshop where gold was fused and handmade, designed, shaped and created the first jewel. The quality, the detail of the piece and the design were immediately distinguished in the fairs where it was presented and quickly saw a dream come true – a brand renowned in the creation of works of art in Gold and Silver. Topázio artisans are masters in creation, with their personal imprint, transform designs into pieces of decoration, cutlery, jewelry and Art de la Table like this exquisite Ring Pearl and Sphere Filigree in sterling silver, gold flash, adjustable with filigree jewelry ball and baroque pearl.
Cricket Wall Lamp by Boca do Lobo
As a tribute to the beloved cricket and its sacred symbology, Boca do Lobo perpetuates the craftsmanship tradition and creates a luxury handcrafted piece of art: a cricket figure entirely made of the most detailed silver filigree – an old Portuguese jewelry technique. The platter is made of polished brass with copper plating and transforms an amulet of prosperity into a brilliant luxury sconce. The big jump of the cricket as a symbol of success through creativity materializes Boca do Lobo’s tendency for breaking boundaries and thinking ahead in design.
Antique Brooch Art Deco Filigree by Filigree Jewelers
Filigree Jewelers is an antique and vintage jeweler located in the historic North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis that takes great pride in building relationships one client at a time. This antique brooch was made in the Art Deco era. This piece is a beautiful example of the craftsmanship of that period. The openwork is detailed and well executed. There is crisp milgrain outlining the pin that gives definition to the design. This delicate brooch is made with 14k white and yellow gold. It could be worn on a lapel, a hat or even as a hair accessory. It would add character to any ensemble.