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ANCIENT HISTORY : Filigree

Designer Lola Brooks has updated the ancient filigree style, a staple in couture French fashion since the 17th century, by combining stainless steel with gold and champagne rose cut diamonds. The look is romantic, intricate and modern.

Artists and designers making jewelry today often look back to techniques used centuries ago – jewelry has an incredibly long and rich history as an art form – there is much there to interpret and re-discover.

Filigree (also known as Telkari form the Anatolian word meaning “wire work”) is formed by entwining wires into an enchanting lace-like delicate design. Artist and jewelers have used filagree with great skill and elegance, dating back to the Etruscans and Romans as far back as the 6th century B.C. The style has been popular in many cultures and in many times, including the beautiful and intricate designs of India, Spain, Scandinavia and Ireland,  all places where it is a style still used today by skilled artists.  

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