Sterling silver filigree pendants, earrings and rings

by EmpressFelicity

Fab sterling silver filigree rings, pendants and chandelier earrings to buy online

If you love wearing clothes made of lace then you might also be drawn to filigree jewellery, with its fine, delicate look!  In fact, the word "filigree" is thought to come from the Latin "filum", which means "thread" or "fibre". To make a piece of filigree jewellery, long, thin metal wires are twisted into complex patterns/shapes and soldered together - sometimes the results are very beautiful and do look similar to lace fabric. The technique of filigree has a history that goes back centuries, and has been practised in countries as diverse as India, Ireland, France and Mexico. And of course you can still buy filigree jewellery today; if you're looking for a modern-day sterling silver filigree pendant, a pair of earrings or a ring, you can find some great examples online, at a very reasonable price. 

I've had a look on Amazon.com and have put my top picks in this hub, in the capsules below and right. Any of the filigree items I've found would make a fab gift, or a treat for yourself - have a look, and see if you agree.

Sterling silver filigree earrings

Wearers of dangly/chandelier style earrings will know that they do have one drawback: their weight. But silver filigree is feather-light, so you can go as big as you like without feeling as though you've got the whole world hanging off your ear! Amazon.com has plenty of sterling silver filigree earrings - my top ones are SilverSpeck's flower earrings and Amazon.com Collection's diamond-shaped ones, each with five drops made from picture jasper. And if you prefer the look of gold to silver but don't want to spend too much, you can always go for SilverSpeck's 18K gold vermeil earrings. If you're wondering what gold vermeil actually is, it's sterling silver that's been plated with gold. And if you see the phrase "18K gold vermeil", it means that the item in question has been plated with 18 carat gold.

Sterling Silver Filigree Flower Earrings

The dramatic beauty of blossoming flowers Capture the beauty with these beautiful flower earrings which have an elegant filigree design set throughout them.

Only $35.00
Sterling Silver Diamond Shaped Filigree French Wire Earrings with 5 Picture Jasper Drops

Classic elegance gets a bold twist with the stunning Sterling Silver Filigree Earrings with Jasper Drops. This piece features artistically crafted filigree inside a ...

Only $22.00
18K Gold over Sterling Silver 35mm Filigree Hoop Earrings

Hoops are taking over the fashion scene with their style and simplicity A delicate filigree design is set throughout stylish hoops in these breathtaking earrings

Only $50.00
Sterling Silver Filigree Bali Earrings w/ Beads & Floral Design, 1 7/16" (36mm) tall

These Earrings are crafted from Solid Sterling Silver. They are Oxidized to show the intricate detaile, and would definitely make a cool, reasonably-priced gift for yourself ...

Sterling silver filigree rings and pendants

Two gorgeous silver filigree rings that caught my eye on Amazon just happen to have the same design: a butterfly. Or you can go for Gem Avenue's abstract floral filigree ring, which is a great budget choice. And why not set off the butterfly ring with a similar (though not exactly matching) filigree butterfly pendant? I was also very taken with Sabrina Silver's guitar pendant, which measures nearly 1.75 inches tall and would be an excellent gift for a music lover! [cont'd below]

Sterling Silver Filigree Butterfly Ring

Large but airy butterfly ring in sterling silver. The wings are composed of filigree with curved, romantic textured lines.

Only $35.00
LWRS182-5 .925 Sterling Silver 25mm Wide Cute Butterfly Polish Finish Ring Size 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, ...

Sterling Silver Filigree Butterfly Wrap-Around Ring.A sweet companion to our sterling silver filigree butterfly charms and pendants, this delicate butterfly wrap-around ring ...

Only $53.99
Sterling Silver 1 11/16 in. (43mm) Tall Large Filigree Guitar Pendant

Sterling Silver Large Filigree Guitar Pendant, Diamond Cut Finish, Very Well Made and it comes with a very thin 18" Sterling Silver Box Chain. It measures a little over 1 ...

$34.62  $23.08
Sterling Silver Tarnish Free Filigree Butterfly Pendant, 18"

This elegant butterfly pendant boasts filigree swirl wings and a diamond-cut finish for added sparkle and shine. Made from tarnish-free sterling silver and presented on a ...

$100.00  $18.53

Is it filigree… or ajouré?

A lot of the pieces of jewellery you see on sale that are described as filigree are actually not filigree at all, but so-called ajouré. While filigree is made from metal threads, ajouré pieces are made from single flat pieces of metal which are then stamped with holes. It's not surprising that people fail to make the distinction, since the most delicate pieces of ajouré work do often look very like filigree!

LWRS020-10 .925 Sterling Silver Polished Finished Filigree Floral 12mm Wide Band Ring Size 6, ...

High quality Sterling Silver Filigree Floral Wide Band Ring.Rings will be shipped in Free Gift Ring box making it easy for you to surprise some one. Ring will be shipped in a ...

Only $35.99
Sterling Silver Filigree Circle Pendant, 18"

Simple yet full of elegant style, the Sterling Silver Filigree Circle Pendant Necklace will match any look. Resting at the base of an 18-inch sterling silver chain is a 1.48 ...

$182.00  $39.00

In the capsule above right you'll see a couple of gorgeous silver rings/pendants, both of which are examples of ajouré work. All the rings have quite wide bands so you're recommended to go a size or half a size bigger than you normally take in rings, to ensure the best fit!

© Empress Felicity February 2011

Updated: 11/28/2011, EmpressFelicity
 
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