Michelle Lierre

Reviving an ancient art and giving it a modern twist, Michelle Lierre makes fine filigree jewelry that is both comfortable and elegant for any occasion. She taught herself filigree techniques through research, trial & error, and a lot of foreign YouTube videos. Like a complicated jigsaw puzzle each piece of jewelry is made of many tiny strands of twisted silver wire that are individually shaped to fit perfectly together and then soldered into place.

 Besides its beauty, filigree is really special to Michelle because it makes her feel connected to other people and cultures. With a tradition of filigree on nearly every continent worldwide and stretching back thousands of years, it has quite a heritage. Michelle has made it her mission to learn the major filigree styles of the world, tell their stories, and keep their traditions alive.

 Many of her designs are inspired by a love of patterns and the juxtaposition between bold and delicate. She creates from her home workshop in Mount Vernon, Washington, while her three young children are climbing trees or napping.