Discover the Value of the Art of Filigree in Our Contemporary World
The Art of Filigree is actually one of the oldest and most beautiful craftsmanship techniques in the world. This delicate kind of jewelry metalwork has an extended history and over the years a new group of artisans and designers have risen to give it a new form, creating beautiful pieces of jewellery that combine contemporary design with the ancient art of filigree. Today, Paris Design Agenda will show you the value of this technique in our contemporary world.
Imbued with history and beauty, the Art of Filigree was born during the Roman period and it was passed down through generations of skilled medieval jewellers, often emulating the work of the Byzantine goldsmiths of Constantinople, embellished crosses, reliquaries and the covers of Bibles.
Filigree is the most delicate technique that is used to work precious metals, usually of gold and silver. It is an age-old and detailed jewellery 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 jewellery pieces such as rings and necklaces.
This art form is quite appreciated in India, Italy, and of course, Portugal, which is actually quite embedded in the history and culture of this majestic country and many luxury brands use it as a main resource, including contemporary furniture brand, Boca do Lobo, who through bold and unexpected twists, its able to create upscale design masterpieces.
When it comes to Paris, the Museum of Louvre holds a wide variety of distinguished illustrations in filigree that to this date are still admired by art/design collectors and enthusiasts, including Ewer, an antique that is completed with an Italian lid in filigree.