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Filigree Jewelry
The FILIGREE process can be labor intensive, beautiful,
and often made of of several elements. One is the
border wire, a single sometimes flattened wire used as a frame to contain other wire
designs. There is a coiled matt, a twisted and then flattened group of wires
used within the frame to make an element or as a base for other
elements. Another is the twisted two-wire wrap, with wires wound around each other and used to make filler
designs such as the paisley shaped parts used alone or as parts of flowers,
for instance. A "filled rosetta" is a flower shaped, sometimes
cupped, filled element that can be fastened to a
base. And occasionally there is a form of

granulated work used along with filigree, where fine beads are applied to a
surface to create a pattern. The filigree technique was done in karat
gold, sterling and lower grade silver, and every form of jewelry as well
as small objects. Thought to have originally been used by the Egyptians,
it has crossed the centuries and has now been made in many countries.




CAMEOS
brooches are such
classic beauties. This one has tiny pink enameled butterflies on the
corners of the 14k white gold filigree frame with a diamond necklace and
roses in her hair, circa 1900.
View #U14728

CAMEO 14k cameo brooch in
enameled butterfly filigree setting, circa 1900, 1-7/8".
View
View #U23999

CAMEO brooch
in 14k white gold filigree setting with aqua
enameled butterflies and a diamond necklace, circa 1900.
View #UAC




FILIGREE silver tone
filigree hinged domed bangle with pastel green faceted unfoiled center stone
and clear rhinestone accents,
circa 1930, 5-3/4" by 3/4".
View
View #Q32174
FILIGREE silver tone bangle
with red, white, green and yellow enamel daisies and a large center emerald
green rhinestone, 6-2/3" inside and 5/8" wide.
View
View #Q29830
FILIGREE silver tone with
molded green stones hinged bangle bracelet with safety chain, circa 1930, 7"
by 1/2". View
View #Q29831





J.J. WHITE

(W in a triangle mark) filigree gold and silver colored bangle with pale
yellow unfoiled rhinestone center, patent #1,933,576 circa 1933, 7" by 5/8".
E. L Weed was a designer for designer J.J. White, and their mark is a "W" in a triangle
#Q26750
JJ WHITE
158 Pine St., Providence, RI
E. L Weed, designer, Mark is a "W" in a triangle
circa 1930s, often seen on filigree
bangles

Source: 1931 Keystone, page 515
FILIGREE bangle with aqua rhinestone, clear rhinestone accents, 7" by
1/2" wide by 7/8" at front. Bracelets similar to this can be
seen in the 1930 ST&W Catalogue.
View #Q28020




J.J. WHITE (designer E.L. Weed, W in
triangle mark) filigree buckle motif bangle with aqua unfoiled rhinestone, patn #1933576, circa 1933, 7" by 1/2".
View #Q27347

J.J. WHITE (designer E.L. Weed,
W in triangle mark) filigree silver-
and gold-tone bangle with unfoiled brilliant lavender rhinestone in
buckle motif, fastens under the front, 7" by 1/2".
#Q28760

J.J. WHITE Deco silver
and gold colored filigree, black , 7-1/3" by 5/8".
E. L Weed was a designer for designer J.J. White, and their mark is a "W" in a triangle.
View #Q28029





FILIGREE
white and yellow gold tone
filigree bracelet with green unfoiled rhinestone, side hinge, circa 1930,
6-5/8" by 5/8". View
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View #Q32555


J.J. WHITE
filigree bangle with pink unfoiled rhinestone, front hinge
and clasp, circa 1930, 7" by 5/8".
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View #Q32556


J.J. WHITE
filigree bracelet with purple unfoiled rhinestone, side hinge, circa
1930, 7" by 1" wide at front and 1/2" wide at back.
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View #Q32557





J.J. WHITE
white and yellow gold tone filigree bracelet with lavender
unfoiled rhinestone center, front hinge and clasp, circa 1933,
pat 1933576
by E. L. Weed
, 6-5/8" by 1/2".
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View #Q32553
J.
J. WHITE
white and yellow gold tone filigree and mesh band bracelet with
pink unfoiled rhinestone center, front hinge and clasp, circa 1930,
pat 1933576
by E. L. Weed
, 6-5/8" by 5/8".
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ROMAR
filigree hinged bangle with blue unfoiled rhinestone center, side
hinged, safety chain, circa 1930.
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View #Q32552




J.
J. WHITE
silver tone filigree buckle bracelet with clear rhinestones,
7-1/4" by 1/2". View
View #Q32597

J.J.WHITE silver- and gold-tone filigree bangle with lavender unfoiled
rhinestone,

circa 1930,
pat 1933576
by E. L. Weed
,

7" by 1/2".
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#Q32560

FILIGREE silver tone
bracelet with two purple and one pale yellow rhinestone, marked "JHB"
inside, 7" by 1/2".
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View #Q28561




SAMSON
gold tone hinged bangle with pink rhinestone center, includes original
tag. View
#X16492
GOLD
TONE
filigree and enamel hinged bangle with center rhinestone surrounded
by faux seed pearls, 7" by 3/4" wide.
View
View #Y22704

FILIGREE hinged
bangle bracelet with emerald-green ribbed glass domed center stone and
marcasite accents.
View
#Q16259




FILIGREE silver tone filigree
bar pin with clear rhinestones, 1-3/4" by 5/8".
View #Q26602

FILIGREE
silver tone heavily filigreed hinged bangle with melon molded cranberry
center stone, clear rhinestones, 7" by 5/8" by 1/3".
View
View #Q25401

FILIGREE
silver tone bar pin with blue rhinestones, 1-3/4" by 3/4".
View #Q26603





FILIGREE
silver tone filigree 1-1/2" pendant with lavender
rhinestone on 24" chain . View
#Q24437
FILIGREE silver tone
filigree hinged bangle with deep aqua center rhinestone and black and yellow
enameling, circa 1925, 7-1/4" by 5/8". See Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, Ed. 3"
page 144.
View #Q24438
FILIGREE silver tone and
pink rhinestone 1-1/2" pendant on a 16" chain. #Q24439




FILIGREE
silver tone 1-1/4" lavender rhinestone pendant on 16" chain.
View #Q23955

FILIGREE pendants with pastel accents.


FILIGREE
silver tone

1-1/3" pendant with citrine-colored rhinestone on16" chain.
View #Q23740




FILIGREE
gold and silver tone filigree 1-1/2" pendant on 16" chain with screw backed
1-1/4" earrings with pink rhinestones. #Q25295

FILIGREE
silver filigree, blue molded glass and clear rhinestones necklace, marked "patn
1257158", 2-1/2" pendant on 16" necklace.
View #Q26356


GOLD TONE
filigree and topaz colored rhinestone 16" necklace with 1-1/4"
front drop. View
#Q26232






FILIGREE
and pink rhinestone pendant on a sterling chain, circa
1930. The pendant is 1" by 5/8" and the chain is 16" and marked
"sterling" on the clasp. The faceting makes it look really sparkly, and
the tiny flowers in the filigree are such nice touches, too.

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#Y39899


STERLING
necklace with silver filigree on a solid backing and three red glass
cabochons the color of garnets, each in a rub-over setting, 15-1/2" by 5/8". Each
link is intricately decorated with filigree, scrolls and beads. It has a bit of an Austro-Hungarian look about
it, but the marks on the back of each link are difficult to read. I think
they say just "sterling".

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#N39374


FILIGREE
yellow rhinestone set in silver tone filigree pendant with an unfoiled
yellow center rhinestone, circa 1930. This has a 17" chain with a 1-1/4" by
1-1/8" pendant.

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#Q39480





STERLING
silver chain with oblong filigree beads, 25" long. The
catch is marked "925 HS". This is the perfect necklace to
wear with everything.

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#N39364



SPANISH
filigree chain from the owner of Candelaria Curio in Santa
Fe, New Mexico, this wonderful 1920s filigree long chain necklace with both
silver and gold tone metal, 46" long and 1/16" wide. The owner’s daughter
told us that it came
from Spain to the well-known Candelaria Curio Store in Santa Fe, New Mexico, around the
1920-30s. It is long enough to be worn as a single or double strand, and
it’s such a lovely classic as well as a part of Santa Fe history.
View #N40761


FILIGREE butterflies necklace in a gold washed 800 silver with softly pastel
painted accents,
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View #Q40294




STERLING silver filigree square links necklace with straight dangles and
a filigree flower and
bead center, 16" by 1-1/4", very dainty and in excellent condition. The
advertisement at the right>>> showing this same necklace is from the 1931 Daniel Low
Catalog and it says it was made in "the mountains of Italy".

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#N39372

Italian filigree jewelry from the Daniel Low 1930 Catalogue. Towards the
very top of this page is the necklace at the left and the bracelet shown at right, #N39250,

HERE
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SILVER
Italian filigree bracelet with ten links, each square with a floret and
bead center, marked on the clasp "800" for 800/1000 sterling. It
is a light easy to wear 7-1/2" by 1/2" and weighs about .38 ounces. It
has a perfectly working push-box clasp
and is in excellent condition. A bracelet just like this one can be seen in
the Daniel Low Catalogue for 1930, towards the very top of the page

HERE
.

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#N39250




BUTTERFLY silver filigree dangling butterfly pendant, 2-1/2" by 2".

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#N37959


FILIGREE
long single strand necklace of alternating sterling silver
filigree balls and exotic seed round beads, 25-3/4" length with 5/8" beads.
The seller said this is English circa 1905 and it has an illegible hallmark
inside the hand made s-shaped catch hook. A warning though, the edges of the
filigree balls are easy to catch on an open weave fabric, like a sweater.

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#Q38758

AQUA silver tone filigree
pendant necklace with black and aqua glass and marcasite accents, 16-1/2" by
2". View
View #Q35524




CHINA
sterling gilt filigree bracelet with a carved green jade center
and pink tourmaline
side stones, with it’s safety chain, marked on the back "Silver China", circa
1930. The wearable size is 7-1/4", 1-1/4" wide at the front and 5/8" wide at
the back. The "Silver China" mark in Chinese jewelry usually denotes 900/1000 silver or
better. The front round element is not damaged, it is the lens of my
camera that is reflected in it. The workmanship on this lovely Chinese export bracelet is just amazing, what a
treasure to wear or collect, and it is in excellent condition.

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#Q37633


CHINESE
gilt sterling filigree parure with rose quartz cabochons, blue, green and pastel
blue enameling set in gilt sterling, circa 1930s. There is a repeating
design of flowers and leaves in soft colors of enamel, and a pink quartz
cabochon centers each element. This is a clean elegant set without a
single flaw. The necklace is 16-1/2" with each cab link
1-1/4" by 1"; the hinged bracelet is 7-1/3" by 1" wide; and
the pin is 1-1/3" by 1".
This is a very special Chinese export set in excellent condition, wonderful to
wear and collect.

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#Q37917

CHINESE gold washed silver
filigree bracelet with lovely agate cabochons, 6-3/4" by 7/8". Circa
1930s, this is in excellent condition with lovely and intricate
workmanship. View
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View #Y32250

NOTE: Asian filigree tends to be more densely packed that other
countries and thicker as well. And they use gem stones more often,
sometimes lovely cabochons. Enamel work is also included in some pieces.




FILIGREE Elf & Co silver tone
filigree bracelet with clear rhinestones, 7-1/4" by 5/8".
View
View #Q26160

FILIGREE
silver tone filigree links necklace, 16".
View #Q26226


EDWARDIAN
14k white gold and diamond filigree 2-1/4″ bar pin with a delicate swirled design.
View
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#Q14551




EDWARDIAN
14k white gold filigree bracelet with diamond and sapphires, carved crystal
panels, 6-1/2" by 5/8". View
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View #Q23420

FILIGREE silver tone bangle
with blue rhinestones, 6-1/2" by 1/3".
#Q27631

FILIGREE silver filigree links
bracelet with blue and clear rhinestones, 6-3/4" by 1/2". #Q26223




FILIGREE "PS Co." white
gold tone filigree bracelet with frosted sunburst-reverse-carved glass oval
center, clear rhinestone, 7" by 5/8". I think is the mark for Plainville
Stock Co., a 30s jewelry maker.
View #Q31378

EDWARDIAN 14 karat white gold
filigree, crystal, diamond and sapphire bracelet circa 1900. It is a delicate
reflection of it’s era and the crystals are reverse carved as well.
View
View #V34268

FILIGREE sterling
filigree bracelet with three blue unfoiled rhinestones, 6-3/4" by 3/4" at
front by 1/3" at back. View #Q32175




FILIGREE silver tone filigree
hinged bangle with purple unfoiled rhinestone center and delicately enameled
red and green flowers, as is with very slight enamel wear, 6-2/3" by 3/4".
View #Q35850


STERLING
Esemco silver filigree 1930s bracelet with reverse carved frosted
glass center and a clear rhinestone center. It has a wrist watch style slide-in
closure. It is 7" around the wrist, 1/2" at the front and 1/4" at the back,
and it weighs about .38 ounces. It’s marked "Emesco sterling" on the slide part of
the catch. This is in excellent condition, but you will need to push in the
closure securely over the little button.

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#N39251

FILIGREE bracelet with
unfoiled red and clear stones, marked on clasp "pat’d no.1779383"
(Charles Spatchil, 1929) and a
maker’s mark "B" in a diamond, circa 1930, 7" by 1/2" front.
View
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View #Q29829




FILIGREE white gold tone
filigree bracelet with clear center rhinestone and two tiny green marquis
side stones, marked "JHP" (I think this is J.H. Peckham, a 30s jewelry
company) 6-3/4" by 1/4".
View #Q31377
10K WHITE GOLD ESEMCO
filigree pin with diamond in the center, circa 1920, 1-1/3". The mark is ESEMCO,
which later became Shiman Jewelry Mfg. Co. Inc., 113-9 Astor St, Newark, NJ,
pin circa
1930.
View #Q31376

DECO
sterling filigree bracelet with red glass and rhinestones.
View
View #Q18636




FILIGREE silver tone filigree
pendant with aqua and clear unfoiled rhinestones, 16".
View #Q26178

FILIGREE
silver tone filigree 2-1/4" pendant with purple rhinestones on a sterling
21" chain. View
#Q26177


FILIGREE
silver tone links necklace with clear unfoiled rhinestone and
marcasite, 13-1/4" . View
View #Q26162




WELLS sterling links bracelet
with deep blue rectangular rhinestones, 7-1/3" by 1/4".
View
View #X35494
Both
WELLS Set WELLS sterling Deco bracelet
with purple unfoiled rhinestones and dainty artificial seed pearls, marked
on the clasp "Wells sterling pat pend", 6-5/8" by 1/2".
View
View #X63754




EIF Co filigree bracelet with
purple baguettes, 6-1/2" by 7/16".
View
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View #Q27884
GOLD TONE
filigree pendant with clear unfoiled rhinestone, 1-1/2". View
#Y28763
FILIGREE tiny 14k white
and yellow gold filigree baby bar pin, 1".
View #Q28347





STERLING
and frosted glass filigree ring with a clear rhinestone center
set in sterling, circa 1930, size 7-1/2 and 7/8" along the finger. It is
marked "sterling" inside the band. Much to my surprise, the center stone
tests as a diamond, but I can hardly believe it really is one, so have
priced this ring as though it is a rhinestone.

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#Y39357


STERLING
and frosted glass pendant with a filigree top and a clear
rhinestone center circa 1930, wearable length 16", pendant 1" by 3/4". It is
marked "sterling" on the clasp .

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#Y39356

FILIGREE silver tone
filigree necklace with starburst crystal and clear rhinestone, 1" pendant on
a 16" chain, and 7" bracelet, circa 1930.
View #Q28351





SILVER
tone filigree necklace with pink unfoiled marquis stone, 16-1/2"
with 2-1/2" drop. View
View #Q32567


STERLING
silver filigree links necklace or belt with pull-out catch, 36-1/3" by 7/8". It
is clean, sparkling and in excellent condition.

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#N39368


FILIGREE
necklace with purple unfoiled stones, enameled flowers, 18"
with 1-3/4" drop , one edge chip visible only under 10x magnification.
View #Q32568




STERLING
and clear rhinestone filigree bar pin, 2-1/2".
View #Q26215

STERLING
and clear rhinestone filigree bar pin, 2-1/2".
View #Q26216

STERLING and clear rhinestone
filigree bar pin, 2-1/2".
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#Q26217




CZECH style necklace
with gold tone two-strand 16" necklace with clear large cabochons, multi
colored smaller cabochons and rhinestones, circa 1930.
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View #Q26751

FILIGREE
silver tone and honey rhinestone 2" pendant on a 16" chain, circa 1930.
#Q28425

CZECH style
multi-colored glass beads and rhinestones necklace, 4-1/2" pendant, 4-1/2"
beads, 28" total.
View

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View #Q26769




SILVER
filigree and cameo pendant necklace marked 900 on a silver chain, pendant and
chain . The 900 mark signifies 900/1000 parts sterling.

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#Y38362


SILVER
filigree cameo bow brooch marked 900, 1-3/4" . The 900 mark
signifies 900/1000 parts sterling.

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#Y38361

PENDANT 10
karat
white gold filigree 2" pendant with green rhinestone, 16" chain.
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View #Q21839




PENDANT
2-1/3" hinged rhinestone pendant on 19-1/8" chain,
circa 1910. See a similar necklace on page 58 of Ettinger’s "Popular
Jewelry 1840-1940. View
View #Y22162

STERLING
filigree 5-panel bracelet with raised flowers on each panel
and a pull-out clasp, 7-1/8" by 1-1/8". Marked on the clasp "sterling
silver" in two places.

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#N39359
BLACK glass 1-1/3" pendant with
clear rhinestone center, filigree frame marked sterling, on a silver 16"
chain. View
#Q29749




FILIGREE silver tone filigree brooch with clear rhinestones circa 1930,
2". View
#Q61883

FILIGREE white gold
filled filigree brooch with clear and blue rhinestones, 1-5/8".
View #Q28344

FILIGREE silver tone
brooch with clear rhinestones circa 1930 , 2".
View #Q33968




STERLING
links
collar necklace that is 17-1/2" long by 1/2" wide and weighs 1.7
ounces, excellent condition.

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#N37005

STERLING
filigree pendant and dangly earrings with glass centers and tiny clear
rhinestones, marked "sterling" on all pieces, necklace 16" with a 1-7/8" by
1-1/4" pendant, earrings top to bottom 1-1/4" screw backs, circa 1930s.

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#Y38751

STERLING filigree collar necklace, a lovely and lace like classic beauty,
16" by 7/8" weighs 1.8 ounces.

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View #N37004





FILIGREE
large cross in intricate sterling silver filigree, 4-1/3" by 3" including
the loop. This is just gorgeous and in excellent condition, an
intricate beauty showing wonderful craftsmanship..

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#N39364


STERLING
silver filigree large rectangular links bracelet, like my
necklace, safety chain, 8" by 1-1/4".

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#N39375


SILVER
tone filigree pin with clear and blue rhinestones, circa 1930,
1-3/4" by 7/8".

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#Q39479




SILVER filigree
bracelet, 7-1/2" by 2-1/2".
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#N26445


DENMARK
"LB" sterling filigree ship pin, 1-1/2".
#N26248


STERLING
filigree swan brooch, 2-7/8". #N26249





SILVER
filigree bracelet with 5 links, each the same with a filigree
base and sides and a center 4-petaled flower. It is fascinating to look
closely and see how this was assembled, and the tiny workmanship required. It is 7" by 1-1/8" and it fairly light
weight at .90 ounces, making it easy to wear. The catch is a flap that hooks
over a bar and it closes securely. It is in excellent condition in every
way.

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#N39247


STERLING SILVER
filigree bracelet with 6 links, each link 6-sided and decorated
with applied balls and pods on a fine filigree backing. It is 7" by 1-1/2"
and weighs about 1.74 ounces. Each link has a 6-sided base filled with
filigree work and topped with molded sterling pods and balls, a lovely
design. It is in excellent condition with no missing elements, and it
tests as sterling but has no marks.

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#N39249


SILVER
filigree bracelet with 5 flower shaped links that are like lace
made with wire. Each 3-D link is topped with a
spinning flower in the center. It is 7-1/4" by 1-1/3", weighs about 1.12
ounces, and has a slide out tube catch that closes securely. It is in
excellent condition.

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#N39248





SILVER
filigree necklace with airy balls like lace made in wire. They
are in graduated sizes and have a hand
made chain connection between each, a paperclip chain around the back, and with
secure hook closure, 23" long. The balls are from 7/8" down to 1/2"
wide and the necklace weighs about 1 ounce. It is in excellent condition. View
#N39252


STERLING SILVER
filigree bracelet with 5 links, each with a circular design
including spokes and applied silver beads, a slide out tube catch, and
marked on the reverse "sterling silver", 7" by 1-1/4" and weighs about 2.02
ounces. Each link was made in three layers, the first a square thinker
wire circular frame within a square frame to hold the filigree work which is
wire coiled into paisley shapes used as intricate wire filler; next a
filigree dome with petals shapes of paisley shaped filigree; and topped with
sterling beads. Just think of the workmanship this took! It is in excellent
condition with no missing elements.

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#N39245


SILVER
filigree bracelet with five links, the center being an open
flower. The other links all have a paisley design, and it is a total of
7-3/4" in length, and the flower 1-1/2" wide weighs about 1.11 ounces. It
had a secure flap catch that slides over a bar, and it’s light weight and easy to wear.
While it is generally in very good vintage condition, it does have some
brown in the finish as can be seen in the photos.

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#N39246





TURKISH
sterling silver intricate filigree cross pendant, marked on the
back "DCS? Turkey 925", cross 2-1/3" by 2", loop 1/4". The center of the
cross has a gilt color and it is all in excellent condition.

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#N39369


FILIGREE
bracelet with interlocking "Os" designs and applied silver
beads, slide out catch, 7-1/2" by 1-1/3". The workmanship and wirework is
intricate and well made and it has a slide-in clasp.

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#N39244


GILT
silver gilt filigree balls necklace with open orbs in tow sizes strung on chain
with a secure safety catch closure. The
total length is 18" with balls that are either 1/2" or 3/16" wide. The necklace is a bit
heavier than usual, weighing about 3.10 ounces.

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#N39253




PORTUGAL
gilt sterling silver filigree galleon ship pin with red and white enameled
flags, marked on the back, 2-1/2" by 2-1/8". #N39748

SILVER fine filigree open rose brooch, 2" wide and weight .30 ounces. It
has the older style open "C" catch on the back and is in excellent
condition. We saw a brooch like this at the June 2018 Albuquerque
Museum Show, and there it was identified as
Mexican, 1880-1920s. But pins like this were made for decades and in other
places, so no telling what the age or origin of this one is.


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#N66506

REFERENCES:


CROATIN filigree jewelry
. .


BULGARIAN filigree jewelry

Silver Jewelry by Fred Rezazadeh

SALIBA
filigree work, how it is made


V&A, Elements of a Filigree Button