Collar de Avellanas – Silver Filigree “Hazelnut” Bead Necklace
In this stunning piece, award-winning jeweler Luis Méndez López has reinterpreted a classic design from Salamanca, Spain called the “Collar de Avellanas,” or hazelnut necklace. 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 18 inches long, with 20 masterfully made beads, this necklace closes with an s-hook clasp.