We have similar Portuguese and Filigree items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Item Description by: Cait P. Age Circa : Art Deco C.
Gram Weight : 3.4 Grams. 800 Sterling Silver with a Gold Wash. Item Measurements : The band of the ring measures 13.0 mm wide. Sizable by your local jeweler : Yes, but it may interrupt the design of the band. Handmade during the Art Deco era in Portugal.This is a New Old Stock piece which comes with its original tag and has never been worn. The tag reads "Filigranas Somar Sterling Silver Made in Portugal". 800 sterling silver was a popular purity of silver used by jewelers during this time period. The band of the ring is made out of handcrafted filigree, heart-shaped motifs in the Sweetheart style. There is some wear to the gold wash revealing the sterling silver beneath; however, this is not immediately noticeable and does not affect wear. The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specifically cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Sweetheart jewelry was an intensely romantic and patriotic fashion that began with World War I and remained through the end of World War II. Soldiers would gift these pieces of jewelry to their wives and sweethearts who remained at home while they were fighting overseas. Many materials and metals were rationed during the great wars, so these pieces were made of alternative materials, such as wood or plastic.
Silver was not a rationed material, and was used to create higher quality pieces. This type of jewelry was a reminder and a promise to fighting soldiers all over the world. 800 silver, also called Coin Silver, is made from silver coins used in European countries pre-1940.
During this time period, it was easier for jewelers and silversmiths to use coins that were already guaranteed at a certain purity, than using another form of silver and having to guess at the purity level. Filigree metalworking is a delicate form of art and has been found as early as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC.
It involves stamping out a design in metal and hand bending and twirling threads, combined with tiny beads, until a final motif emerges. It is reminiscent of lace and considered one of the most difficult metalworking processes. Filigree is still a very popular technique in India and Asia. The item "Antique Vintage Art Deco Sterling 800 Silver Gold Portuguese Filigree Ring S 5.5" is in sale since Saturday, May 25, 2019.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Rings". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.