Filigree is an ancient form of delicate, open or backed wirework in gold or silver. The origin of the word filigree can be traced back to 17th-century France as filigree and in Italy as filigrana. Both come from the Latin word filum (thread) and Granum (seed). In ancient times, the filigree technique was used in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Byzantium. In ancient Greece and much later in Hungary and Russia, filigree was often combined with enamel.

My origins are in Russia where filigree is very popular. In this sample I used fine silver wire. By making a pattern and soldering the pieces together, I made this piece as a necklace clasp.