History of Filigree

The filigree is a metalworking technique very typical of Portuguese goldsmithery. Although it is applied in various parts of the world, had great development in Mediterranean areas. In Portugal,  filigree artifacts were found that date back to 2500-2000 BC.

This technique was incorporated into the rich heritage of Portuguese goldsmithery for the representation of motives related to national history and culture, such as crucifixes, Malta crosses, hearts of Viana do Castelo, reliquaries, necklaces, queen earrings.

 The Portuguese creations are known for their quality, guaranteed by the materials and techniques used. The delicated use of very thin wire results in objects that give the illusion of broidery in gold and silver, in complex objects that simbolize the sea, the nature, religion or love.

 

The preparation of each object starts with the foundry, involving the made of the wire and the skeleton of the jewel.

 At the end of the whole process, it's created a small work of art unlike any other because it's handmade by an artisan, especially for you.