Filigree design came from Cyprus, they have been known for years to develop handmade jewellery. Filigree jewelry is made of fine threads and beads of metal, which are twisted and arranged together to develop a beautiful design and jewellery. Different types of filigree jewellery which can be found in the market are gold, silver or gold plated. Gold plated can be made of silver or sometimes copper which is then given a plating of gold on it.
Different styles and colours available in filigree jewelry
One can find wide range of choices when filigree jewellery is concerned. Depending on the thickness of the thread used and also stones and beads placed the design and pattern can be changed. The jewellery pieces ranges from bracelets, earrings, rings to pendants. You can get beautiful cuff bangles or necklaces as well in these. The look of the designs are delicate but are quiet sturdy.
Most of the time filigree is white silver in colour, but in some pieces to add dimension some areas are oxidised to get darker colour.
Storage of Filigree
Since filigree jewelry is made of silver, storing it properly is very important. Keep your jewellery pieces in Ziploc bags so that moisture and humidity doesn’t affect it. If it is not stored with at most care then the silver will be oxidised and it will lose it shine and colour and become dark. Polishing it from time to time is also recommended. Avoid areas which have oxidised finish in your design, by taking proper care your piece can last for years.
What is the material that is used to make filigree jewelry?
Filigree is made using 925 silver. It is called so because it is 925 parts of silver in 1000 parts. The other metals are added to the silver to increase its durability and make it more robust. 925-silver is commonly known as sterling silver. Most of the time jewellers mark there jewellery with stamp of 925 to indicate that it is of 925 purity. Pure silver is mixed generally with copper, as in itself silver is very soft and can’t maintain a shape.
Anything below 925 silver is taken as imitation and not precious jewellery, and is even forbidden in many countries to be sold under the name of silver. When you go and buy any silver jewellery do make sure that the piece you are buying is indeed 925 silver and not below that.
These Cyprus originated filigree jewellery is now widely and easily available online as well. You can buy it from some authentic sites and can enjoy wearing the handmade filigree jewellery made with care and love.