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Daemon
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Filigree

Filigree is an ornamental work of fine gold or silver wire, often wrought into an openwork design and joined with matching solder under the flame of a blowpipe. It was made in ancient Egypt, China, and India. Saxons, Britons, and especially the Celts in Ireland were skilled at devising intricate and ingenious designs in the Middle Ages. Today, it is employed in Mediterranean areas, as well as in Mexico, India, and Scandinavian countries. What is the origin of the word "filigree"? More...
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The English word filigree is shortened from the earlier use of filigreen which derives from Latin "filum" meaning thread or wire and "granum" grain, in the sense of small bead. The Latin words gave filigrana in Italian which itself became filigrane in 17th-century French.
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I've got a Celtic Tara brooch as mentioned in the article, replica or course, but I think it's beautiful.
Enviable handiwork for ancient peoples to have mastered.


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Filigree is such a fun word.
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Mompox Filigree: The best precious metalwork in Colombia


During the Spanish conquest, the famous quintaje operation was performed in Mompox. It meant that one fifth of all the gold collected was sent to the Spanish Crown.



On the other hand, the permanent traffic with gold mines throughout the Colombian territory had Mompox as its center. The gold was stored here while awaiting the arrival of the Spanish galleons because the distance from the coast made the city a haven safe from pirate attacks.

The excess gold was a stimulus to the metal and silversmiths of the Iberian Peninsula. They soon arrived in Mompox bringing with them knowledge of techniques learned from the Arabs centuries earlier.

Thus was the beginning of the momposino artisans and metalsmiths whose jewelry has colonial roots evidenced in the European (Spanish, French, and English) techniques and ornamental forms, an important Arab contribution and the autonomous features of these lands – jewelry that has graced the necks, hands and ears of people from all over the world for several centuries.

http://www.colombia.travel/en/international-tourist/sightseeing-what-to-do/history-and-tradition/handicrafts/metalwork/mompox-filigree
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