Filigree Jewelry

One of the first pieces I acquired in my personal vintage jewelry collection was a white gold filigree sapphire ring, dating from the Art Deco Era (circa 1920s). From there, my jewelry collection has grown substantially.  I'd say more than half of the pieces I own contain filigree. I have officially become addicted to the style!

Perhaps my obsession is due to the intricate details of filigree, or how it can have the appearance of delicate lace. Maybe part of my captivation is because this style of jewelry was common during the Art Deco Era, my favorite jewelry period! Filigree jewelry typically has exquisite attention to detail and is quite romantic. My significant other has spoiled me with several filigree rings, the last one was a vintage 14k white gold mount (without a stone) and together we searched for the perfect fitting ruby.

(Left) The first filigree ring in my personal collection with my favorite gemstone, a sapphire! (Right) The special filigree setting my significant other purchased for me. We found a perfect ruby for it!    

(Left) The first filigree ring in my personal collection with my favorite gemstone, a sapphire!

(Right) The special filigree setting my significant other purchased for me. We found a perfect ruby for it!

 

 

 

So, what is filigree?

Filigree is open metal work, oftentimes forming a design or resembling lace. It can contain swirling scrolls and sometimes motifs such as flowers, leaves, bows, ect. Some manufacturers referred to filigree as pierced metal work. 

Below are some examples of settings that explain filigree much better than a written description.

Art Deco 14k white gold citrine ring, with a gorgeous filigree setting

Art Deco 14k white gold citrine ring, with a gorgeous filigree setting

Art Deco 14k gold created sapphire ring, with yellow & rose gold accents

Art Deco 14k gold created sapphire ring, with yellow & rose gold accents

Filigree details on vintage diamond rings

Filigree details on vintage diamond rings

Various vintage rings boasting filigree

Various vintage rings boasting filigree

We invite you to browse all of our shop's filigree rings

Also if your are a fellow filigree lover, our friends over at Antique Jewelry Addiction celebrate this special style every Friday. Share your filigree photos by using their hashtag #FiligreeFriday & tagging @AntiqueJewelryAddiction for your photos to posted to their social media pages. Cheers for filigree!