Ancient Threads: A History of Filigree

This Sunday from 10am- 5:30pm Liloveve will be holding another intensive Filigree Workshop. Below is some history about the beautiful and timeless craft.

Perfected over thousands of years and incorporating the ancient techniques of long lost civilizations, filigree is one of the oldest and most beautiful art forms known to man.

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Dating as far back as the 17th century, the origin of the word filigree comes from the Latin words filum (thread) and granum (seed). This ancient kind of metalwork, characterized by its ornamental and delicate qualities, is made up of fine silver or gold wire that is twisted and formed into intricate patterns and joined together or to the surface of an object by means of gold or silver solder.

Though it is believed to have been originated by the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians more than 5000 years ago, filigree was adapted and spread throughout the Mediterranean by the Phoenicians and perfected by the Etruscans. The Etruscans fused together their traditional geometric designs with the Phoenician’s oriental influences of floral and figurative designs and refined the technique to such a degree that to this day remains unsurpassed even by modern jewelers.

Today artisans in many parts of the world continue to practice the art of filigree, including Asia, Russia, Scandinavia, Italy, the Middle East, India, Africa, Mexico, and South America.

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Interested in learning more about this beautiful and historic art form? Learn to create your own original filigree designs at our upcoming Filigree Workshop this Sunday 10am-5:30pm !

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