Craftsmanship Techniques: Filigree The Ancient Jewelry Art that Transforms Design – All of Covet Group’s brands use different types of craftsmanship techniques to make the most astonishing high-end luxury design pieces. And today we are going to talk about one ancient technique that for generations have been making wonderful jewelry pieces, the Filigree.
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, the filigree 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.
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.
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.
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