Who knows how many people, looking at a filigreed jewel, have asked themselves what tie exists between one’s desire to possess (and wear) the gem and the Sardinian art form and its deep roots to ancient history.

Since antiquity, Sardinian men and women have sought to adorn themselves with objects whose rarity and glamor emitted a sense of personality, importance, and prestige.  Ancient Sardinian society was based on the institution of hierarchies and preeminent appointments, and filigreed gems were an excellent display of power and wealth.  No woman of Campidano or Ogliastra, Barbagia or Sulcis dressed herself without the splendor or jewels of all kinds, desiring to impress whoever she may have encountered on a holiday traveling between mountain and seaside towns.

The importance of the art of Sardinian filigree was affirmed in the Renaissance.  Filigreed jewels were initially used ornamentally by aristocratic classes, and from 1700 they began to be used in decorative objects.

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