FAQ: What does the word Filigree mean?

fil⋅i⋅gree   

1. delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, esp. lacy jewelers’ work of scrolls and arabesquese  

   2. anything very delicate or fanciful: a filigree of frost.

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In the antique jewelry business, filigree is commonly used to describe a very specific time period and style of jewelry.  Art Deco c. 1920 – 1935… when filigree work was in its height.  Metals, precious and unprecious, were die-cast into extravagant pieces of jewelry, each displaying a very unique and often dainty design, what we refer to as filigree

Filigree is also used to describe earlier and later jewelry that has lacey wire work or other fine detailing, but no filigree, IMO, is as crisp and well executed as those from the Art Deco era.

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    Margaret Youtz

    What can you tell me about Bojar jewelry, a firm once based in Providence, Rhode Island? One time partner was Novgrad circa 1922.

    What does 12k fg mean? Fine gold or filagree?

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