The Art of Fine Wire Filigree
The art of filigree consists of curling, twisting and bending fine threads of wire by hand. As the saying goes, it takes an hour to learn and a lifetime to master.
Wire is drawn out to as little as half of a millimeter in diameter, all the while taking care not to allow it to become brittle.
The wire is then carefully curled & formed under a bench microscope. A whimsical eye, steady hand and consideration of the area being filled is required.
In most cases, we use a specially designed laser to weld the wire to the adjoining area of the piece. This method uses absolutely no solder. Additional shapes may be added at this point, like curvaceous wisps of diamond studded platinum, fancy color beads of gold or miniscule leaves.
We use different karats and types of gold wire, sheets and tubing as well as platinum for the most delicate work.
All of our fine wire filigree work is handcrafted in our shop for individual custom orders, as well as for our unique stock pieces. Imaginative intuition is used to create the designs, and some pieces have diamonds or other gemstones in the smallest sizes carefully fitted into the area surrounding the wire work. The gems must be carefully placed to ensure balance, stability and above all… beauty. Of course, an artistic touch is needed to create a true masterpiece.