What is filigree?

The term Filigree refers to intricate jewellery made with delicate twisted threads.  Filigree is generally worked in silver or gold and many countries have a rich filigree heritage- Spain, Malta, Italy, Greece, India and Nepal, among others, all have heritage that includes filigree work.

Working on filigree designs for Korcula store.

Filigree is an ancient tradition that has been dated back to the 3rd Century BC in the Greek culture.

Here at Seba Silver the Seba family have been able to trace their own filigree heritage back at least 400 years.  Adolf and I  are proud to be keeping the family tradition alive and sharing our work with you.

Rolling silver threads.

The art of filigree involves curling, twisting and plaiting fine pliable threads of metal, and uniting them at their points of contact with each other.

A fine silver powder is mixed with borax (flux) to unite the delicate threads.  Heat is controlled by the use of a blowpipe, too much heat and the delicate patterns can easily be damaged or destroyed.  The use of a blowpipe enables precise control over all aspects of the soldering process.

A framework is generally created that will give form to, and protect the more delicate motifs that are used in filigree designs.  Frames are created using bands of flat silver, these give consistency and rigidity to the designs that are being created

The artistic filigree motifs that are created are often compared to lace making, both traditions involve ancient techniques, a steady hand and a lot of patience.

Soldering work – you can see the delicate pattern emerging as flux melts.

One of our finished designs, Floral filigree bead with amethyst accent.

Please leave any questions below and if you would like to see more of our designs visit our website, www.sebasilver.com or our facebook page, www.facebook.com/SebaDizajn.

 

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About Seba Silver

In June 2011 my wife and I opened a small store on the beautiful Dalmatian Island of Korcula. Our store (Seba Dizajn) showcases stunning filigree jewellery, all work is made on site offering you the fascinating chance to see filigree jewellery being made. Visit us at www.sebasilver.com to see and purchase some of our filigree jewellery. The Seba family have been working, and creating beautiful pieces of filigree jewellery for over 500 years.
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2 Responses to What is filigree?

  1. Deidre says:

    Hi, do you ever work with backed filigree or combination with enamel? I love your Openworks

    🙂

    • Seba Silver says:

      Hi Deidre, thanks for joining us. Yes we can switch to backed work no problem. To date we have not done anything in combination with enamel but this would also be possible. Let us know if you have something specific in mind. Regards, Ruth

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