We have similar Portuguese and Filigree items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. To view in separate listings, please visit our store and search "Portuguese" or "Filigree" under our items. Item Description by: Cait P.
Age Circa: Art Deco C. Markings: Portuguese Assay Mark on the screw-on backings, Tested, and Guaranteed. Gram Weight: 7.2 Grams. 925 Sterling Silver with a Yellow Gold Wash.
Earring Backing Style: Screw-on Backings. Your local jeweler can easily convert these to the preferred backing style you desire. For Pierced or Non-Pierced Ears: Both.
Item Measurements: The earrings measure 1.5" in length and 0.6" wide. Handmade during the Art Deco era in Portugal. Portuguese jewelers were renowned during this time period for their filigree and cannetille work, as can be seen in these earrings. The original tag that would have been used to sell the earrings during the Art Deco era is still intact and reads Filigranas Somar Sterling Silver Made in Portugal. " Filigranas can be translated as "filigree in English.
It's extremely rare to find pieces this old that still have their original tags in place. These earrings have never been worn. This listing is for the item only.The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specifically cut to fit the design of the piece.
During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Filigree metalworking is a delicate form of art and has been found as early as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC. It involves stamping out a design in metal and hand bending and twirling threads, combined with tiny beads until a final motif emerges.
It is reminiscent of lace and considered one of the most difficult metalworking processes. Filigree is still a very popular technique in India and Asia. Cannetille is very closely related to filigree but is unique because it is three dimensional, where filigree is flat. It is made by twisting fine gold or silver wire into spirals and is typically enhanced by granulation, thinly stamped metals, and colorful gemstones. Cannetille jewelry became very popular during the Victorian era and was inspired by French embroidery that used spirals of thread to create beautiful lace designs.
The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Gold Portuguese Filigree Floral Earrings" is in sale since Saturday, October 12, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Earrings". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.