A filigree silversmith from Macedonia, who crafts pure silver jewelry containing precious stones such as amethyst, opal, and red coral. First melting the silver and then using tools such as tweezers and pliers, she forms the detailed semicircle patterns for which filigree jewelry is known. Her jewelry is a Macedonian art form that is renowned around the world and has been passed down in her family for generations.
The use of the filigree technique is widespread, especially around the Mediterranean countries, and in the Iberian peninsula, from where it spread to the Americas. Filigree is a technique that uses the minimum of material for a maximum of volume and lightness. It can consist of only wirework, or it is combined with granules. Because granulation often involves fusion, this may also be utilized by these jewelers. Most filigree consists of unit construction, whereby wire frames contain thinner wire designs within, held in place by tension before soldering. The processing of the wire used in filigree is crucial, involving annealing, straightening, twisting, and flattening. The prepared wire is then shaped or formed, often requiring very delicate work with fingers or tweezers.