In our humble opinion, one of the most beautiful craftsmanship techniques in the world is the art of Filigree. This highly decorative art is all about a delicate kind of jewelry metalwork. There is a new generation of artisans and designers who are dedicated to creating beautiful pieces of jewellery that combine contemporary design with the ancient art of filigree. Now, Design Build Ideas will talk a bit about the importance that this technique has 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.
Now, we would like to introduce an insightful video of artisan, Olga Bandeira, who was presented during the inspirational first edition of the Luxury Design and Craftsmanship Summit, organised by Covet Group and Brhands Foundation. The expert in filigree explains how she started working with filigree as well as its importance within the industry and why one should not let this art form die or be forgotten nowadays. Take a look:
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Source: CovetED Magazine