Filigree Engagement And Wedding Rings
Vintage Filigree engagement and wedding rings are a staple of Whitehouse Brothers jewelry, with designs in production today that were created over 100 years ago.
What are Filigree Rings?
Filigree engagement and wedding rings are a romantic style of design which can give a brand new ring a vintage and classic feel. Filigree is a delicate kind of jewelry metalwork made with tiny beads and threads to create intricate, delicate designs.
The beads and threads are pierced and adorned into the surfaces of a ring and arranged into different artistic motifs featuring lace-like details with flowers, vines, and flourishes.
Filigree design on a ring can add visual pop to a center stone. Engraving, small diamond, or gemstone accents are also often surrounding the filigree for additional adornment.
Skilled workmanship is required to create the elaborate and delicate designs on filigree rings. It takes a lot more than adding threads or bead work to a ring -- it takes a special design and understanding of jewelry construction to create a quality ring that will stand the test of time. We engineer all of our filigree rings to stand up to normal wear and become future family heirlooms.
All Whitehouse Brothers pieces are die struck as solid parts, and then the filigree is pierced out from the parts.
History of Vintage Filigree Rings
Filigree rings are often considered Edwardian because they were created during King Edward VII’s reign (1901-1910). However, filigree usage may be tracked back to metal work from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Etruria, Greece and Byzantium.
Flower themes in the Edwardian era were popular in part because of Queen Alexandra’s love of flowers. Art Nouveau rings also heavily feature filigree designs.
Platinum was the favorite of Edwardian metals since it was newly available and allowed for more intricate designs. Edwardian filigree rings often feature diamonds or other gemstones set in an intricate setting. These rings are also characterized by delicate elegance.
How to Care for Your Antique Filigree Ring
Since filigree rings are more delicate than other styles of wedding or engagement rings, there are simple steps you can take to care for your ring and keep it looking new. For example, avoid wearing your ring in the shower to prevent soap buildup from forming in the engraving. Have your ring checked and cleaned regularly for any loose diamonds or issues with the filigree. Removing your rings while doing tasks such as working out or gardening will prolong the life of your ring and protect your fililgree from any damage. As always, feel free to contact us regarding any questions about caring for your filigree.