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Silver Filigree Jewelry

Filigree is silver work (gold can also be used) in which tiny, twisted wires are used to create elaborate designs for brooches, beads, pendants, charms and other jewelry pieces.  These wires are spun into designs and then secured through soldering.  Since such thin wires are used, the final creation has a lacy, delicate, and airy appearance.  Silver and gold are especially good materials for the filigree artisan, as both metals are soft and malleable -- easily curled and twisted into most any design.

The word "filigree" is believed to come from the Latin term for thread (filum) and grain (granum).  Filigree jewelry-making is an ancient art, going back to early Greek civilization, and perhaps to earlier eras and civilizations.

Unlike some sterling silver jewelry-making components, filigree is usually not sold by the gram, as there is so much labor involved in the making of a filigree piece.  Furthermore, the amount of labor involved may different dramatically from piece to piece, based on how elaborate it is in design.

These filigree pendants courtesy of Bali Kingdom®, producers of quality Bali sterling silver jewelry.




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"Silver 101"
"Sources of Silver"

"Sterling Silver Defined'"
"Silver Standards"

"Silver Marks and Hallmarks"

"Silver Testing Kits"

"The Silversmith"
"Silver Coins"

Plating & Treatments

"Silver Plated Jewelry"
"Gold Vermeil Jewelry"
"Rhodium Plated Sterling"
"Antiqued Silver"

Fake Silver Jewelry

"Alpaca Silver Jewelry"
"German Silver Jewelry"

Silver Jewelry Styles

"Bali Silver"
"Indian Silver"
"Thai Hill Tribe Silver"
"Tibetan Silver"
"Turkish Silver"

Silver Allergies

"Silver/Nickel Sensitivities"
"Hypoallergenic Jewelry"

Recent Developments

"Argentium® Sterling Silver"

"Silver PMC®"

"The Origins of Tarnish"

"Tarnish Removal"

"Firescale (Firestain)"

"Proper Silver Storage"

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