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Gaetano Saliba

Gaetano Saliba Jewellery maker
Maltese, English
By appointment only
+356 27367508
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The art of preserving filigree

  • • Gaetano showcases Maltese filigree craftsmanship internationally
  • • His first piece of silver filigree was a large butterfly brooch
  • • He has trained numerous local and foreign apprentices

Few in Malta hold the expertise and knowledge of filigree craftsmanship as Gaetano Saliba, who has been perfecting his skills since he began crafting silver when he was just 17 years old. Inheriting tools and a passion from his father – who himself was a silversmith – Gaetano trained in the art of filigree with some of the few masters that were alive back then, and refined his skills by taking a course at the Malta School of Art. He opened his workshop in 1989, and ever since, he has been working assiduously to preserve this traditional craft, creating unique filigree pieces while attending local and international trade fairs to showcase and share his art with the world. While he re-interprets traditional motifs, inspiration drives him to refine and polish older designs to fit contemporary settings, always remaining true to the values of quality and attention to detail.

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Maltese boat

This small sterling silver Maltese boat is handcrafted using the filigree technique. Each piece of the boat has been made separately, piece by piece, and are soldered together once shaped.

Length 6 cm
Width 1.3 cm
Height 4.6 cm

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Leaf brooch

This elegant sterling silver brooch is shaped like a leaf using the filigree technique. The detailing and spacing between the long silver wires gives this piece of jewellery a three-dimensional impression, accentuated through its transparency.

Length 5.7 cm
Width 2.2 cm
Height 1 cm

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Filigree tray

This sterling silver tray, designed with the Maltese cross in the middle, has been shaped using the filigree technique. Pure silver wires have been twisted in different ways creating an intricate interplay of lines and minute empty spaces.

Length 10.5 cm
Width 10.5 cm
Height 1.2 cm

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Bracelet with links

This handcrafted bracelet has been built through a combination of sterling silver links and sterling silver filigree balls. The design of the bracelet is contemporary and combines discreetly with a large range of styles.

Length 19 cm
Width 1.5 cm
Height 1 cm

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Adjustable ring

This sterling silver filigree ring has been handcrafted with a traditional design of an overlapping ring filled with long twisted pure silver wire.

Length 22 cm

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