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August 1999

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Accented by Filigree

Lacy details and intricate design set off the beauty of diamonds

Filigree, a type of decora- tion made of fine wire, is often crafted in gold or silver to form delicate, intricate designs to show off diamonds. This delicate, handmade jewelry is a dramatic departure from the broad, bold lines and large, flat surfaces of contemporary design, creating a lacy counterpoint to the solidity of diamonds. "People are fascinated by small details and intricate designs," says Mark Silverstein, exclusive distributor of Varna Platinum, Woodland Hills, CA.

The popularity of estate jewelry and open metalwork primes consumers for filigree. "This area of design has not yet been fully explored, and because filigree is handmade, the number of people who can do this work is limited," says Margaret De Young of Ernest Slotar Inc., Chicago, IL.

The tiny details in this jewelry are best seen at eye level. Consider displaying a piece of filigree jewelry suspended behind a magnifying glass and inviting customers to appreciate its detail. Display filigree rings on a black background to draw attention to them. Also be aware of lighting to bring out detail in the metalwork and the diamonds.

– by Lorraine M. Suermann

Brooches are handcrafted in 18k yellow and white gold and encrusted with diamonds (diamond weight ranges from 1.95 carats to 2.50 carats).
Ernest Slotar Inc., Chicago, IL; (800) 621-6537 or (312) 236-7351, fax (312) 236-6456,

The Princette Collection transforms platinum and 18k gold into works of art.
Varna Platinum, Woodland Hills, CA; (800) 993-5900, fax (818) 224-3388.

Victorian snowflake brooch has a hook on the back so it can be worn on a chain or pearl strand. Crafted in 14k yellow gold with 2.75 carats of diamonds. Suggested retail, $7,000.
K. Goldschmidt, New York City; (800) 274-6537.

Rings from the Generation 1912 collection are reproductions of classic estate jewelry. Created from the original models, these reproductions are white gold with single and full-cut diamonds. Suggested retail, $300-$670.
Esslinger & Co., St. Paul, MN; (800) 328-0205 or (651) 452-7180, fax (800) 548-9304 or (651) 452-4298.

14k hoop earrings feature two-tone filigree sprinkled with 0.25 carat of diamonds and an omega back for extra security for pierced ears. Suggested retail, $399.
Connoisseur Collections, Marietta, GA; (888) 427-8886, fax (770) 740-9529.

18k white gold bracelet with 0.75 carat of diamonds is $999 suggested retail.
Uni Creation, New York City; (888) 989-0868 or (212) 888-0806, fax (212) 888-0909,

Platinum filigree ring features 0.68 carat of diamonds and is $3,600 suggested retail.
Man-Am Creations Ltd., Tappan, NY; (800) 8-MAN-AM7 or (914) 365-2846, fax (914) 365-3105.

Art Deco-style rings and earrings in 18k white gold and diamond pavé capture the look of fine lace.
Rina Limor for J.R. Gold Designs, New York City; (800) 999-0583, or(212) 922-9292, fax (212) 922-2992.

Platinum and diamond antique reproduction earrings are $440 suggested retail.
BSD, Monsey, NY; (800) 497-0574 or (914) 352-1382.

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