Silver Filigree Ring

Silver Filigree Ring with Turquoise Inset (No4)


Material: silver

Weight: 4 g Size: O (British standard)

Period: middle of the 20th century

Origin: Balkan, Adriatic Coast (Kotor)


   This is a very elaborately made silver filigree ring with the central turquoise inset. The upper part is of oval shape made in twisted silver wire applied with small silver pellets – grains and tiny silver lozenges forming the opulent framing for the central turquoise inset. The collet setting for the inset is in filigree, and it is rather high, so the overall effect of the ring is three-dimensional.

   The ring appertains to the urban type of the local jewellery and according to the style it can be dated at the middle of the 20th century, when filigree technique was still normally practised in towns alongside the Adriatic coast. It is probably made by one of the jewelers from Kotor.

   The urban type of the local jewellery emerged around the middle of the 19th century. It developed in the subsequent period, following the European trends in jewellery design. Although adopting foreign trends, local jewelers always adhered to the traditional filigree and granulation techniques for producing silver jewellery.

   Filigree is a genuine local craft used to be practised in many small towns alongside the Adriatic coast, Kotor included. Demanding, difficult, and highly elaborated, filigree technique reached the peek of perfection in this area. It used to be the obligatory part of the master exam for every apprentice. From the second half of the 20th century filigree technique was gradually ceasing and today it is practised very rarely.

   All the presented dates are given to the best of our knowledge. For all further information please contact us.

   For additional reading please see Balkan Silver.