Tesouro Jewels – Portuguese Filigree – From Portugal With “Love”

Global Chic: Big and bold, old- world charm with a modern feel. Still artisanal. Always authentic”


 The name, “Tesouro” means treasure, to Tony Barreto and his wife Neena because they believe that life is a treasure and it is to be enjoyed. 

Together they began, Tesouro Jewels, which seeks to revitalize and showcase the intricate art of Portuguese filigree.

From modern interpretation to traditional design, Tesouro brings the fashionable consumer authentic pieces made by artisans in the lush towns of northern Portugal which include; Porto, Braga, Gondomar, Sobradelo da Goma, and Viana do Castelo.

Tony, a first-generation Portuguese-American, introduced Neena to the beauty of his unique heritage through trips, festivals, and the food of his family.

Neena quickly became enamored with all things Portuguese, and although it was a quest, the filigrana found her, with its smoky swirls of oxidized silver that reminded her of Indian pieces from her own heritage.

The quest for filigrana began for Neena who worked at the  gemstone wholesaler, Mann Brothers & Company, and Tony at JM Imports. Last year, the couple traveled to northern Portugal to the towns that were the heart of Portuguese filigree-making but they found much more than the jewelry which they were looking for. Here’s an excerpt from the website under: “From Portugal with Love”.

“We didn’t know what we would find, but we went with hearts open ready to receive beauty, and we received more than we could have imagined. Our quest was complete, our treasures found. Along the way, we found much more than silver earrings and pendants, though. We found friendship, love, and a few laughs, because in the end it is the people who make a journey complete, not the things. So this is what we’ve brought to you from the tiny factories of Portugal with all of the painstaking love of the local artisans and our joy in finding it.”

A roundabout in Gondomar that pays tribute to its artisanal roots with a glorious filigrana heart sculpture.

Photo below shows beautiful traditional wedding dresses and jewelry from Viana do Castelo, North Portugal.

Filigrana or filigree, is an antiquated art found in many cultures. The Portuguese name, filigrana, literally means “thread and grain,” and refers to the fine gold and silver floss used to create the delicate designs.  Dating back to Roman times Portuguese filigrana artisans have meticulously soldered and woven the threads to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are among the most intricate in the world. Throughout Portugal and especially in the Northern Minho region, where filigrana originates, traditional folklore dancers still proudly display layer upon layer of filigrana that have been passed down through generations. (tesouro.com)

Below is a sampling of the beautiful jewelry in their collections which include; Amor, Maria, Miminho, Natureza, Porto, Princesa, Rainha and other classics.

Every piece is stunningly beautiful to add touch of Portuguese tradition to your own collection which will surely be handed down to future generations.

Alfama Swirl Ring – Rainha Collection

Florbela Pearl Necklace – Maria Collection

Sabrina Lace Bracelet – Amor Collection

Viana Gold Earings

Portuguese Tile Replica Bracelet

Susana Teixeira’s interpretation of the swallow Portuguese folk symbol for the arrival of spring into something ethereal.

Watch this video of a Filigree Artisan


My mother brought me back a pair of beautiful Filigree earrings from her visit to Portugal when I was a young girl so many years ago but I never appreciated the artistry and the beauty until many years later.

Sometimes life is full of coincidences. While writing this post I noticed that those earrings that my mother gave me so long ago, are almost identical to the “Viana” earrings that Neena picked for this giveaway.  Viana Do Castelo was my mother’s favorite city, yet another coincidence?

I’ll be sharing this post with my daughter so that she learns about where  those special earrings come from, and that they are passed down from her Grandmother. Please share this post with your family and friends so that they can learn about and appreciate this beautiful handcrafted jewelry, its tradition and begin their own collection!

 *Win these FREE beautiful “Viana Moon” earrings courtesy of Tesouro Jewels in celebration of their 1 Year Aniversary!



Simply leave a comment at the end of this post! GOOD LUCK!

“It seems that people are in love with the Old World style, as our Viana Moon earrings keep selling out. This design is traditionally called “Arrecadas de Viana” or Vianese Earrings. Viana do Castelo is a coastal town north of Porto, that is rich in folklore tradition, where the ladies still pile on gold chains and pendants for festivals.”  Neena 


Tesouro Jewels

Phone and fax (510) 894-2885
Email:  info@tesourojewels.com




Retail Locations:

St. Jorge Winery Tasting Room
22769 N. Bender Road
Acampo, CA 95220

The Royal Rooster
1028 Diablo Street
Clayton, CA 94517

Portland Art Museum Shop
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Silver and Stone
45005 Ukiah Street
Mendocino, CA 95460

*(One winner randomly chosen on October 30th 2012 will be notified by email)

22 Responses

  1. Marisa B. says:

    Beautiful jewellery! Love the earrings!

  2. Carla says:

    Gorgeous earrings!

  3. Miguel Carvalho says:

    Beautiful pieces and full of Portuguese tradition.

  4. Susan Borges says:

    Wish you all the best and many more years. Loved the site and it is alway good to see something of Portuguese tradition. What beautiful earrings in filigrana, something old but alway beautiful to treasure that is a symbol of Portugal.

  5. Tia Maria says:

    Thanks for the wonderful comments everyone. Good luck!

  6. Allison Vieira says:

    LOVE the jewlry! I am a huge fan of filigree and you have worked your designs so elegantly. I love your take on traditional Portuguese design elements.

  7. Courtney C. says:

    Beautiful! I went to Portugal on my honeymoon, so it holds a special place in my heart! Love all the pieces here.

  8. NANCY SILVA says:

    I love filigrana. I have a huge collection and would love to add them too! My parents and husband are from Minho. And I’ve danced in the portuguese folk group since I was 4 yrs old. Minho is very beautiful and am so happy that you love it too!

  9. Cynthia rovero says:

    I bought potuguese filigrana jewlery thru the site atrio. I love the traditional mixed with modern inflences

  10. Helen Salvador says:

    The jewelery is so beautiful. I really like the earings and the bracelets. I have two filigrana Portuguese sailing ships from Portugal. Beautiful workmanship.

  11. Crista G. says:


  12. Becky Silvia says:

    So pretty! I love the detail and antique look so much!

  13. Courtney says:

    Happy Anniversary!! Love the vintage vibes coming from those earings!

  14. Nivia Airoso says:

    What beautiful earrings! I could certainly one day pass these down to my daughters.

  15. Angie says:

    Oh these are lovely! I bought a pair of filigrana earrings in Portugal last year and am such a fan of this beautiful artistry! So happy to know of you now!

  16. What a pleasant discovery! I was delighted to learn of how you came to feature this beautiful artform.Congratulations! You are right, they are so timeless and elegant! I feel proud that it is part of my heritage. Recently I published a book of my paintings with Portuguese poets. “A Janela – The Poetic Soul” I painted portraits of 12 young fadistas at the window for this series, and two were wearing filigrana heart jewelry. (Claudia Leal and Dulce Pontes).Though normally I would not fuss with the jewelry in portraits, but I couldn’t resist but to paint them.It’s no wonder, how special they are. Now its time for me to start my own collection!

  17. Teresina says:

    Happy 1yr Anniversary!! Your jewelry is so beautiful. I some of your earrings being sold at a winery in Lodi called ST. Jorge.

  18. Bibiana Leal says:

    Love this jewlery, wished there were stores near us here in San Juan Capistrano, CA

  19. Lisa says:

    I have been searching and waiting for something like this stateside! I’m so excited and will be checking out your website! (Making my list for Santa!)
    A girl can dream right? 😉

  20. Mary Ann Higgins says:

    My grandmother had a pair of earings that my sisters now treasure. She wore them everyday she lived. I am so happy to have discovered your site while I looked for a feijoada recipe! Boa sorte!

  21. Caroline Goh says:

    Can this style of workmanship be used to set precious stones? Am interested to get the artisans to collaborate and bring the work to my country as I have some pieces of filigrana and always have good interest in them.

  22. Tia Maria says:

    Hi Caroline, Contact Tesouro Jewels via the link on this post. They can answer your questions. Good luck in you quest!
    Tia Maria

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