Hazelnut Bead and Coral Necklace
In this stunning piece, award-winning jeweler Luis Méndez López has combined the natural beauty of coral with his masterfully crafted "hazelnut" beads. Each hollow-form “hazelnut” bead is hand-made using centuries-old filigree techniques and .925 silver.
Luis began working at his father’s filigree jewelry workshop in Tamames, Salamanca when he was 14. He and his brothers now represent the third generation of goldsmiths in their family. Holding tweezers, the Méndez brothers draw fine, pliable, silver threads into intricate designs through curling, twisting, and plaiting of the metal. The threads are smoothed and twisted and then joined at points of contact.
About 22 inches long, with 4 masterfully made beads, this necklace closes with an s-hook clasp.