The art of filigree has been well established, especially in Beijing where the imperial jewellery and even hat gear employed the technique of filigree.

The start of the craft probably began as early as the Spring and Autumn period, when technology made it possible to produce fine gold and silver strings to be embedded into the bronze ware.  Different techniques were developed making it possible to create delicate jewellery twisting and turning precious gold and silver threads into beautiful motifs.