Chordeleg is famous for its skilled artisans that make beautiful silver jewelry. It’s unlike any jewelry I’ve ever seen. The silver is twisted and woven into beautiful designs. Chordeleg is a nice little town not far from Cuenca.
This special technique is called filigrana and is amazingly detailed. We have seen filigrana being sold here in Cuenca and other places and we are always told that it was made in Chordeleg. I’m not sure if it is made anywhere else, but certainly the most popular place to find it (near Cuenca) is in Chordeleg.
You can find rings, earrings, bracelets, pendents and ornaments in the same unique style. Most of the twisted silver jewelry is made with just silver, but some of it has color-fill as well.
We were told that the color-fill is baked so that the color is durable. Bryan bought one of the silver color-fill rings for me and I love it. The ring looks kind of whimsical and was very affordable, it was only around $12.00.
There are other types of silver jewelry in Chordeleg as well, but the filigrana is by far the most unique that I saw. You can also find a lot of gold jewelry in Chordeleg, but if you’ll be wearing it in Ecuador, silver is a much safer option.
This video slideshow shows some of the styles of filigrana. There are other types of traditional silver jewelry shown as well.
Filigree Silver Jewelry, Chordeleg Ecuador
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