The biggest threat to hand-made filigree is machine-made copies.Learn more about filigree
For several years now, the massification of injection-moulded replicas has been the biggest threat to genuine filigree.
Through a process of microcasting, an original piece - the one created by the goldsmith - is reproduced by a mould which allows to replicate the piece in series.
Today, the overwhelming majority of jewellery for sale as filigree is produced through this industrial process and it is not handmade, did you know?
How can we preserve heritage if we don't know it?
Only when we know what the filigree technique really is can we give value to hand-made pieces and defend those who produce them.
This is the model of economic sustainability and cultural heritage that we believe in, because we know that the value of an original, unique and unrepeatable piece cannot be the same as that of a mould-made replica.
It is only fair, that creativity, skill, time and perfection are attributed value. Same as the value of a painting is higher than that of a print. The former is called art, the latter is called a copy.
Acknowledging filigree as an art
At House of Filigree our mission is to give filigree the recognition it deserves. Preserving and showcasing the past while opening the doors to the future.How to protect the art?