Silver Filigree Ring

Silver Filigree Ring Oblong Shape with Red Inset (No7)


Material: silver

Weight: 4 g Size: T (British standard)

Period: middle of the 20th century

Origin: Balkan, Adriatic Coast (Kotor)                                                                                                             


   This is very elaborately made silver ring, combining filigree and granulation techniques, and further embellished by the central red inset. The upper part is of oblong shape formed of twisted and convoluted silver wire and applied with small silver pellets – grains. The upper and the lower pellet (grain) are within tiny silver wire circles with stylized petals forming two small flower motives. Thus the opulent framing is formed for the central red inset. The upper parts of the ring band joined to the oblong ornament are applied with meticulous filigree adding to the overall opulent effect of the ring.

   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.