Filigree Engagement Rings - Twist of heritage with intricate craftsmanship
Nowadays, there is a huge demand of engagement rings with detailed craft-work and one-of-its kind looks.
Style enthusiasts are not hesitant to stroll the vintage lane, and the true admirers of antiquities feel proud to adorn fashion and designs that were the highlight of bygone era.
This is why engagement rings with filigree work is quite prominent among vintage jewelry lovers. However, before the engagement ring discourse, first thing first...
What is Filigree?
Filigree, popularly known by Persian term "Tarkashi" is one of the ancient metalwork techniques for jewelry that features soldered wires of gold or silver on surface of metal in decorative and delicate patterns.
Widely used in jewelry, in this craft-work technique, bendable threads and beads of precious metal are twisted, pleated or curled, and then soldered on jewelry in form of pattern of beautiful motifs with lace-like designs.
Regarded as one of the oldest known jewelry crafting techniques, its prevalent motif designs are - delicate flowers, vines, leaves, buds, hearts, waving hair, swirls and spider webs. The combine of fine motifs and gorgeous lacy pattern gives shape to a intricate filigree work.
Filigree work with interlace design (bottom image is the enlarged view of top image - courtesy stafordshirehoard.org.uk)
Not knowing History is Knowing Nothing
The term “filigree” is derived from combination of two Latin words - filum (meaning thread or wire) and granum (meaning seed). This ancient art form can be witnessed on ancient Greek and Mesopotamian jewelry, dating as far back as 3000 BC. Its presence can also be found on jewelry from around the world, like - India, Egypt, Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
Filigree artwork got a renewed momentum at the turn of the 20th century, and was at its peak during Edwardian era, when jewelry with delicate and curving designs was the essence. The fine metal work can also be seen in geometric motifs and abstract shapes of Art Deco jewelry.
Edwardian (left) and Art Deco (right)
Choosing Filigree Engagement Rings
I will choose engagement ring with filigree work for following reasons, and I am sure your vintage taste-bud will agree with this.
Can I have filigree engagement ring in metal of my choice?
Certainly, why not! Filigree work can be done on almost all kinds of precious metal with sufficient hardness and durability.
Where to buy Filigree Engagement Rings?
If you want an extraordinary and exclusive looking filigree work engagement ring, then I will suggest you to consider antique or vintage piece. This is because, nowadays filigree rings are often mass produced with similar design patterns. While, antique pieces were hand-made, so usually have unique patterns.
You can find antique filigree engagement rings at antique stores, pawn shops, estate sales and online vintage jewelry retailers (like - Lang Antiques, Ten Two Three etc.). Since, antique jewelry is one-of-a-kind, you may have to search hard to find the ring of your choice, as collection of these stores keep moving.
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