The History of Wire Wrapping

The History of Wire Wrapping Sarah Hickey Jewellery

Wire jewellery has been around for millennia. Historians agree that it’s been a feature of human civilisation since the Mesopotamian Ur Dynasty around 4,300 years ago and certainly since the Ancient Egyptian times, where there was evidence of wire wrapped pieces found in tombs of the Ancient Pharaohs.

Gold, silver and copper were the most common used metals to make wire jewellery due to them being easy to hammer into thin sheets, then cut into strips and roll into tubes to form the wire. This was achievable even without electricity and modern technology, meaning ancient civilisations were able to create beautiful work entirely by hand, to be excavated by archaeologists centuries later.

Wire wrapped jewellery is an intricate art, one of the most historic methods of jewellery making, however this doesn’t mean it is stuck in the past!!

The wire, pliers and hands do all the work, following a instinctively fluid movement to skilfully wrap the chosen gemstone. It may look simple however this art takes both practice and precision, a skill that takes time to master.

Intuitive, meditative, creative, versatile and low-tech, we celebrate this ancient skill with our colourful gemstone quartz collection, wrapped by hand, by our skilled makers in our workshop here in Hexham. Wire wrapping is one of the oldest techniques for making handmade jewellery,and we think every jewellery box needs a piece!

The History of Wire Wrapping Sarah Hickey Jewellery
The History of Wire Wrapping Sarah Hickey Jewellery
The History of Wire Wrapping Sarah Hickey Jewellery

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