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All wound up


Jewelers are giving the ancient art of filigree a contemporary twist.

By Rachael Taylor
In 3,000 BCE in Mesopotamia — the area we now call the Middle East — artisans wound delicate silver and gold wires together by hand to create the intricate patterns that adorned the jewels of the time. Though millennia have passed since then, there is a clutch of contemporary jewelers still working with this ancient technique. The artisanal skill is surprisingly versatile, offering tightly packed mesh-like effects or simple winding forms for minimalist, contemporary looks. There are also jewels that take inspiration from the style of filigree work, but use more cost-effective casting methods to achieve it.

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