Filigree is an ancient goldsmithery technique that consists of interlacing gold or
silver threads to create circular or spiralled patterns.
Its precise origin is unknown, emerging
in Portugal with the pre-Roman civilizations that inhabited the area
In the middle ages there were great advancements
in the technique, however, it was not until after the 17th century
that modern Portuguese filigree emerged.
Filigree workers apply knowledge passed
down from generation to generation.
An example of this is António
Cardoso, who began his professional career at only seven years old. Under
the watchful gaze of his father, he learned the technique that, together with
his wife, Rosa Cardoso, he now applies in his workshop.
And thanks to such
famous figures as Sharon Stone, the
tradition is gaining popularity outside of Portugal.
The works of art that they produce are entirely
handmade and are a lasting symbol of
popular Portuguese culture.