1930s Sterling Silver Vermeil Filigree Necklace
Beads with a 1930s "twist"! This sterling silver vermeil necklace is comprised of intricate hand wrought filigree beads. The delicate lace-like tracery of the filigree, combined with the soft hue of the vermeil, creates a beautiful intricate vintage piece.
Filigree is derived from the Latin word filum, meaning thread. While filigree jewelry design was prevalent throughout ancient times, it is now a specialized skill. The art of making filigree consists of twisting fine wire tightly to create a rigid pattern. The wire is twisted to form various shapes and soldered to form the complete piece.
The necklace is 17 1/2" long with 12mm filigree beads. The necklace is sterling silver vermeil, which is sterling silver plated with gold. It is in excellent vintage condition and weighs 36.5 grams.