Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mongolian Artisan Jewelry

Metalsmiths and Jewelry Designers

Mongolian style filigree and enamel jewelry is handcrafted by artisans using traditional Mongolian art forms, that reflects Russian and Chinese influences from the past 1000 years. This jewelry was made for the Mongolians originally, and then filtered into what is now China. During the 1700s, it was made exclusively for the Empresses and manufacture was very limited.

handcrafted necklace

London Blue Topaz and Enamel Pearl Necklace

Beautiful polished necklace features a pear cut London Blue Topaz stone in a filigree setting of 24k gold plated over sterling silver with enamel details. Necklace is teal dyed Freshwater Pearls, 18" long.


The Filigree work is hand-fashioned with tweezers, in which sterling silver wire is shaped into flowers, butterflies, and other subjects. The completed compositions are fired in a kiln to approximately 1700 degrees F, to be fused together with silver dust. This creates the body of the piece to which enamel and gemstones are added.

artisan jewelry pin

Peridot and Enamel Dragonfly Pin

Beautiful Peridot and Enamel Handcrafted Dragonfly Pin. Peridot eyes in a filigree setting of 24k gold plated over sterling silver. The pin features beautifully enameled wings. 2" by 2.5" long.


The outlined designs are then filled with a very finely ground enamel powder. The colors are blended to create special effects, and the piece is once again fired the kiln. This turns the enamel powder into glass with a high gloss finish. The final step is to set the stones and to plate the pieces with 24k gold.

designer necklace

Abalone Shell Necklace

Beautiful Abalone Shell Handcrafted Necklace. Abalone in a filigree setting of 24k gold over sterling silver. This necklace features a magnetic clasp for ease of use. Pendant measures 2" long by 1" wide. Necklace measures 17.5".


Many unusual stones such as Chrysocolla, Rhodochrosite, Chrysoprase, Water Sapphire, Black Star of India, as well as semiprecious stones like Garnet, Lapis, Amethyst, Madeira Citrine, Onyx, and Turquoise are used in these designs.

Each artist has been extensively trained in the basic techniques, and over time they become considered Master Craftsmen. Because the filigree and enameling skills are so totally different, an artist is trained in only one or the other. As a result, some items require two artists to complete one piece.

Each design of enamel and filigree work takes several days to complete, and it reflects the artisans' training and the art of their culture. The technique is similar to that used to make the original Faberge Eggs, which were made of gold, silver, and precious gemstones.

Gorgeous wearable art, and so affordable.

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