Filigree is the art of weaving fine wire into a lace-like pattern. The word comes from the Latin word for thread. Filigree began in ancient times among the Egyptians and other cultures. It eventually was taken up by the Greeks and later Romans who brought it to many areas that they conquered. The Greeks brought the skill to India which was at the eastern end of their empire. The Indians developed it into an important part of their art. Byzantium and Moorish Spain were particularly prominent in continuing the art during the Middle Ages. It has remained popular even to present times.
The Beadshaper will be selling focus beads embedded in filigree bezels to make beautiful pendants at her upcoming shows. See Beadshaper Shows