Filigree Inlaying



Filigree inlaying, as a form of craftsmanship, excels in weaving and piling, which will materialize a magnificent work when Kingfisher feather inlaying is also used. The kingfisher is a beautiful bird with feathers on its back displaying very attractive and lively blue color, which are often mounted in different jewelry pieces by skilled craftsmen. Now filigree inlaying can only be found in Beijing and Chengdu, with the former being home to the most well-developed filigree inlaying. Filigree inlaying in Beijing symbolizes imperial filigree inlaying of China.



Filigree inlaying, also called fine metal workman's technique, is a traditional form of craftsmanship with a long history, which is mainly used to make imperial accessories. It’s the combination of filigree and inlaying. Filigree is made of gold, silver, and copper through nipping, filling, assembling, welding, weaving, piling, and other traditional techniques. Inlaying is made through rasping, engraving, pounding, striking, squeezing, embedding, and other techniques. Sheetmetal is first shaped into base or claw-shaped groove, which will be inlaid with pearl and gem.