Jinan craftsman reproduces traditional phoenix crown

(chinadaily.com.cn)| Updated : 2022-04-06

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Lyu Jikai cuts silver, which is one of the steps of filigree inlay processing. [Photo/Dazhong News]

Lyu Jikai, a Jinan-based filigree inlay artist, has been practicing the technique for eight years.

Lyu, 28, graduated from Shandong University of Art and Design with a focus in jewelry design and spent a year crafting a replica of a phoenix crown from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), a procedure that involved over 1,000 distinct steps.

Chinese filigree inlays are an intricate form of metalwork typically found on jewelry, involving the use of twisted gold, silver, and copper threads weaved as a structure onto which jade and precious jewels are placed.

The technique originated during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) and was used to make royal ornaments.

The filigree inlay technique was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2008.


A close-up of Lyu Jikai's replica of the phoenix crown that was created during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) [Photo/Dazhong News]


Delicate hairpins are on display at Lyu Jikai's workshop. [Photo/Dazhong News]