Life is filigree work.

What is written clearly is not worth much, it’s the transparency that counts.

~ Louis-Ferdinand Celine

The English word filigree is shortened from the earlier use of filigreen which derives from latin “filum” meaning thread or wire and “granum” grain, in the sense of small bead.

Though filigree has become a special branch of jewellery in modern times, it was historically part of the ordinary work of the jeweler. It is probable that in India and various parts of central Asia filigree has been worked from the most remote period without any change in the designs.

The art may be said to consist in curling, twisting and plaiting fine pliable threads of metal, and uniting them at their points of contact with each other. Small grains or beads of the same metals are often set in the eyes of volutes, on the junctions, or at intervals at which they will set off the wirework effectively. The more delicate work is generally protected by framework of stouter wire.

Filigree jewelry design, and its twisting and soldering techniques, have an application in other metal-work such as wrought iron hanging wall brackets and silertoned doors.



A simple wall bracket: What did you do to your hook?

A filigree-designed wall bracket: Err…I went for an extreme makeover.

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