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
The works of art that they
produce are entirely handmade and are a lasting symbol of popular Portuguese