Filigree

Filigree is a technique of jewellery metalwork usually with gold or silver whereby often very small beads and threads are soldered together and to a base in various motifs. The earliest examples of the use of filigree techniques can be seen from Mesopotamia in 3000 BC. Following this, the Greeks and Etruscans relied heavily on filigree techniques for their jewellery and thus formulated some extremely fine examples.