|by Christophe Ginter
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OUTSTANDING EUROPEAN SILVER (1)
THE FILIGREE OF PORTO - GONDOMAR (PORTUGAL)
This is the first in a series of short articles devoted to the main locations engaged in Europe in the working of precious metals and jewelry
The present page is dedicated to Porto (Portugal) goldsmiths and their workshops, most of them located in Gondomar, in the suburbs east of the town.
The activity involves a group of about 60 craftsmen still active in the production of a variety of best quality objects and jewels in sterling silver or vermeil (gilt sterling silver)
using the tradition of "filigree" technique ( filigree is the process and type of design that uses twisted
wire to create delicate, lacy, openwork jewelry).
With its 925/1000 silver artifacts and its affordable prices, Porto represents over 50% of the total Portuguese jewelry production of which a a pair of examples are illustrated below.
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