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filigree (noun) delicate piece of jewelry, usually of silver or gold wire.

A delicate piece of ornamental work of gold, silver, etc., wire is filigree. Gold filigree is gold jewelry of delicate lacework of gold wire. So is silver filigree delicate and beautiful laced jewelry of silver wire. Filigree, if well done, reflects fine craftsmanship.

  • The gold filigree around her neck had the design of a creeper with leaves and flowers, and glittered in the brilliant lights of the stage.
  • Filigree of high artistic quality and beauty was the main attraction at the jewelry expo in the town hall.
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