Ask any jeweler today and they are bound to marvel at the workmanship of filigree (and its precursor cannetille). Tiny "threads" of gold or silver are spun into designs and shapes that almost defy belief.
Six petal silver flowers form convex blooms with centers of three dimensional upright and curved stamens. Light and airy, this linked vintage bracelet seems more akin to something only nature could create.
Many countries used to specialize in filigree from France, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain and even to Russia. Most production centered in provincial areas but with a burgeoning tourism industry, this encouraged its production.
Today the art is all but lost for the fineness and quality seen long ago.