Luxury & Fashion

Feb 29, 2016

One day we will go to Viana

Country of ancient traditions in the art of jewelry, Portugal has a rich heritage of jewelry and precious metals timeless beauty from the Age of Discovery, particularly from the East, in the century XV and Brazil in the XVIII century. It is in this context that develops the filigree - the art of working metals (gold, silver, bronze), one of the most traditional Portuguese arts.

<

Pé d´Mar is a brand founded in 1968, in Viana do Castelo, Minho, Portugal, that gave a new face to the Portuguese filigree jewelry, recognized worldwide as the finest and unique. Although not specific to our cultural tradition, the art of filigree, predominantly with baroque forms, developed in the XVIII century, particularly in Viana do Castelo. The art gained followers, especially between "minhotas" (the habitants of that region) who dressed up, wore abundantly jewelry during the festivities in honor of "Nossa Senhora da Agonia" (padroness of fishermen), becoming brand image of the region that even had the right to verses, the best known being: "If my love does not deceive me/one day we will go to Viana". Besides constituting a prop and social distinction mark, the filigree gold represented an investment and an asset for families. Today, the art of filigree remains predominantly in the north of Portugal, in Gondomar (district of Porto), and Póvoa de Lanhoso (Braga district), known as the capital of filigree.

From Latin Filum (wire) and Granum (grain), this exclusively handmade jewelry technique of rolling two tiny strands (the thickness of a hair) of gold or silver between them, and tiny metal balls, requires a very patient work, imaginative and great skill of the craftsman. The application is made on the same metal plate by drawing circular motifs, in spiral or "S" that after being welded form a draw.

After the casting process, the metal is poured into a "lacepillow" and turned into a tablet, which after passing through the rolling mill cylinders takes the form of a plate or thick wire. This process of working the metal proceeds in a "die" a thick steel plate riddled with holes of successively decreasing, tugging wires to obtain the desired thickness. Once made, the wire is employed in filling a frame, which is the subject of the drawing. Typically, yarns are gold or silver, but may also be bronze or other metals.

Over time, the filigree has been accompanied by two ways of production and use: as a masterpiece of technique and artistic feeling, associated with luxury props, profane and sacred use, with refined taste in design whose imagination and artistic configuration within a class of its own jewelry of high social classes; as integration technique, the watermark has become more complex and perfect, freeing up the laminar plate and takes individual place upon a skeleton, structure or frame.


Known in ancient Greek civilizations, Roman, Chinese and Indian, the origin of this art is uncertain, but historical descriptions tell us about contact with filigree since the 3rd millennium A.C. in the Middle East. However, the modern technique of Portuguese filigree has popular origin and is inspired by cult objects such as reliquaries or crosses and jewelry such as earrings or typical earrings with hearts, and the famous queen earrings and necklaces with Viana balls etc. The versatility of filigree work allowed the creation of other types of objects such as the Portuguese caravel, the medal collection, earrings and ring with the Portuguese guitar - a commemorative edition of Fado as Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, and the famous rooster of Barcelos (north Portuguese region) are some of filigree pieces inspired by national traditions. Respecting all the handmade process, the brand Pé d' Mar took the traditional elements, innovated and created jewel lines with a modern character, distinctive and personalized. The versatility of filigree combined with creativity has dainty also in art, as exemplified by the Viana´s heart used in the exhibition of the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos.

More Articles

FeaturedArticles

  • GallerySlide1

    Technology

    Jul 1, 2017

    IT'S NOT BIG, IT'S HUGE

    Imagine an airplane which looks like two airplanes glued to each other by the wing. Them add six Pratt & Whitney engines, like the ones used by Boeing 747. The result is 580 tons of weight at maximum takeoff.

  • Depositphotos_96954074_xl-2015

    Lifestyle & Travel

    Mar 1, 2017

    SALZBURG - BEYOND MOZART

    Salzburg, whose name literally means "salt fortress", was refunded on the 8th century by St. Rupert of Salzburg, and it's the current capital of the state of Salzburg and the fourth largest city of Austria.

  • 1.-FIFAs-World-Cup-Opens-The-Door

    Business & Industry

    Feb 1, 2018

    FIFA'S WORLD CUP OPENS THE DOOR

    Curiously, for the accomplishment of the last two World Championships (2010 and 2014) and the one held this year, FIFA chose for the first time three countries classified as BRICS: South Africa in 2010, Brazil in 2014 and Russia in...


  • cowrok

    Business & Industry

    Sep 19, 2018

    COWORK

    "During the last 20 years, the work paradigm has suffered enormous and radical changes, as result of multiple structural, economic, technological and social phenomena. And so, today, our relation with our work is nothing like...

  • as-lentes-de-um-genio.html

    Culture & Art

    Apr 1, 2017

    THE FEARLESS PHOTOGRAPHER

    Daring, shocking, vibrant, without fear, without the worry of being accepted or rejected, but always with the desire to leave us speechless when face-to-face with his art. Thus is this American, born 11 of March 1963, in Hartford,...

  • vegetacion_del_mundo_212903380_1200x803

    Science & Nature

    Aug 1, 2017

    THE TREE OF LIFE

    The Baobab embodies the African spirit. Tree of life, fertility and medical solution for many diseases, the Baobab has a unique importance for entire communities. There is a legend in Senegal (the image of this tree is part of the...


  • Technology

    Mar 1, 2015

    Electric solar bike

    After the introduction of top-of-the-line bikes by other brands, German high-tech bicycle manufacturer LEAOS wants to change the game on this developing new industry. 

  • 2015_nyar_mainpage_ger

    Science & Nature

    Apr 1, 2016

    With a Little the Help from My Dogs

    Dogs have been Man's companions for thousands of years. Several archaeological findings have shown this relationship exists for at least, 26,000 years. An example of this are two trails of footprints alongside each other, one of a child,...

  • 2

    Business & Industry

    Oct 1, 2015

    55 Years of Marine Fitting

    Decon is a well established name in marine outfitting, respected worldwide and used to handle large and complex projects that range from new builds to restorations and ships adaptation to comply with new maritime laws and standards.

    ...