About Us

Katherine’s Vintage Beads

Our huge selection of vintage and antique beads - glass, crystal, metal and so much more is what remains of one of the oldest retailers/wholesalers in Manhattan who sold and supported the famous NY Garment District for over 60 years. 

We look forward to serving you!

Katherine & John Kennedy

Welcome to our Vintage Filigree Jewelry section. 

Unlike the mass of jewelry produced today, filigree Jewelry is ornate in design, calling for hours of concentration on the part of its maker. Incorporating the ancient techniques and styles of vanished civilizations, filigree is without a doubt one of the oldest and the most beautiful art forms known to the human race.

What Is Filigree?

Filigree is a delicate kind of jewel work made with twisted threads usually of gold and silver or stitching of the same curving motifs. It often suggests lace and is used to decorate jewelry by adding a graceful touch.


Vintage Filigree Jewelry:

We have some of the most beautiful pieces still available from days long gone.   Our vintage filigree pieces will enhance the look of your contemporary jewelry designs. Vintage filigrees are made of various metals, including copper, brass, silver, silver toned, gold, gold toned, antiqued, shiny, base metal & any other finished metals. Our vintage filigree jewelry is very pretty and ornate which gives a vintage feel with the appeal of a cherished heirloom. Difficult to create and painstakingly finished by hand, filigree jewelry reached the height of its popularity during the Art Deco period. The romanticism and detail of antique filigree jewelry has made it widely popular up to the present day.

Enjoy our vintage filigree collection

A clasp is more than just a functional device used to fasten your jewelry. As a stunning piece, a hidden closure or something in between, clasps are an integral part of every design. Clasps are typically used for light to medium weight jewelry accessories and for more traditional styles found in bracelets and necklaces. Jewelry clasps are generally easy to fasten and come in a variety of styles, sizes and materials.

The jewelry clasp is the most secure way to connect two parts or the ends of a necklace together making it easy to remove on a regular basis. Our Clasp selection includes box clasps with pearls, brass clasps, cameo clasps, Sterling Silver toggle clasps, copper clasps, lobster & locking clasps, Swarovski crystal clasps, vintage filigree clasps, vintage rhinestone clasps among others.

Whether you’re looking for classic, stylish, unique or colorful clasps, you’ll find it with us. With a wide selection of jewelry clasps, A Grain of Sand is your perfect source for beautiful jewelry clasps. Just scroll down below to find a variety of clasps available at our store for purchase.
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