The term filigree is a combination of two latin words:
filum (thread) and granum (seed). The thread or filum
part refers to the delicate twisting of fine precious-metal
wire often scarcely thicker than a human hair into the
intricate patterns of ornamental flowers and other curvy designs
that characterize filigree jewelry. The "seeds" are actually
seed-sized beads which are strategically soldered at intervals.
Together, the soldering of the seed and the twisting of the
filaments creates the signature lacelike look.
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