Pierced Openwork

Piercing is the creation of a decorative motif by cutting away metal in a pattern. This is typically accomplished by the use of a drill, a jewelers’ saw, and other mechanical tools. Sometimes referred to as piercework or pierced openwork.

Ornate Pierced Foliate Design on a Silver Box with Amethyst and Citrine.

Ornate Pierced Foliate Design on a Silver Box with Amethyst and Citrine.