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Leitão & Irmãos

Bracelet Rhodillion filigree silver


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Silver 925 – 4 g

There are several traditional Filigree patterns.
This piece highlights a slave-type bracelet with the “Rodilhão”, which consists of making a wheel with silver wires, in a similar way to the wheel that Portuguese women used to put on their heads to carry baskets.

This is a piece that, like many Filigree pieces, honors the people and their customs.

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Filigree - The secret of jewelery

Filigree is the Portuguese jewelery technique, perhaps the most characteristic of Portugal.

Its origin refers to the North of Portugal, Filigree pieces were used on feast days. Symbolizing the wealth of the woman's family, who displayed them full of pride.
Gold was seen as an investment. It was the bride's dowry. However, if it was to display and enhance the beauty of marriageable women, the ideal is to add the preciousness of gold to the beauty of eye-catching and simultaneously delicate pieces.

Featuring different patterns and traditional shapes, such as the "rodilhão", the "princess earrings", "conta de Viana" pattern, which are still being replicated today.

In this goldsmith's technique, which dates back to the Middle Ages, the goldsmith creates gold or silver threads that can be dozens of metres long. Subsequently, the wires are twisted in pairs and placed under the previously developed frame, the "skeleton" of the piece.

In its origins, filigree began as a decorative technique for existing pieces, but its specific technique and the beauty of the final work gave it a voice of its own.
It is a work of technique, patience and above all: art.

The ancestral northern origins of Casa Leitão e Irmão provide the knowledge to create a Filigree collection, made by the most knowledgeable goldsmiths and transmitters of their art.

The technique of goldsmithing to develop Filigree is still an art manufactured by few and a knowledge that has been lost over time. Making Filigree pieces increasingly rare and precious.

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