Photo by: Galo Naranjo

The Indian store of knowledge and the strong Spanish and Arab influence on goldwork are reflected in the Filigree work done in Santa Cruz de Mompox, a municipality in the department of Bolívar.

This town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is considered the cradle of Colombian fine metalwork and the most important fine metalworking center in the country, its filigree being an object of admiration by the whole world. The work of Colombian fine metalworkers is famous worldwide.

Filigree is made by entwining strands of gold by means of two tiny boards to form a braid, which is then attached to a jewelry piece.

Mompox metalwork requires skill and patience. However, it is interesting to note that artisans use not only their hands, but also their ingenuity and creative imagination to produce each piece.