Filigree tattoos are nothing but tattoos inspired by filigree designs. They have become quite popular in the tattoo industry in the past few years.
At first, they gained popularity in the 16th century. Usually, two different precious metals such as gold and silver were used to be twisted and beaded together. That created amazing ornaments and inspired this tattoo style.
Whether it’s the gorgeous designs or the ability to enhance the details of any tattoo, these amazing tattoos are one of the best when it comes to grabbing attention. Their mesmerizing designs with eye-catching outlines are the perfect combination for tattoo lovers.
In this article, we’ll go through some of the best filigree tattoos, what do they symbolize, their meanings, etc. We’ll also cover how you can get this and express your inner feelings.
Filigree Tattoo Meaning and Symbolize
The word filigree means some kind of ornamental work that uses gold, silver, or any valuable metal that is transformed into tracery. Filigree tattoos don’t have any specific meaning of their own. When combined with other tattoo elements they bring out the details of the tattoos. Usually, filigree tattoos symbolize the style of delicate ornaments and their lace-like jewelry work style. They highlight the fragile nature of these designs but also the cost and high values that come with them.
1. Filigree Heart Tattoo
An amazing filigree tattoo of a crystal. The red crystal is shaped like a heart. It’s surrounded by small pearls and there’s a frame made out of gold with an extremely detailed design.
2. Filigree Cross Tattoo
A tattoo of a cross on the leg is drawn with the braided style. There are some flowers on the cross and the edges of the cross are like a crown top. It seems as if the cross was burning in flames.
3. Filigree Chest Tattoo
One pair of tattoos on a man’s chest that look like earrings. There’s also a message that says “Stand and be true”. Although the tattoo has a feminine element, it screams masculinity all around.
4. Skull Crusher Tattoo
A skull that is floating on top of a flower on a man’s side chest. The Ornament at his hand gives this tattoo a filigree vibe. A raven is carrying the jewel with his claws and flying towards the skull.
5. Filigree Tattoo With Time
An ancient stopwatch is inside a frame that has an ornamental style attached to it. The gears of the clock in the center are showing. The number of details put into this tattoo highly represents the filigree style.
6. Filigree Clock on Forearm
A delicate tattoo of a clock on a man’s forearm. The Clock represents time consciousness and the ornamental style of the clock represents delicacy and precision. A great choice for a tattoo on hand.
7. Clocks and Gears
The normal mechanical clock is on top of a lot of gears and a sundial clock is beside it. the sundial clock represents the filigree nature of the tattoo. A gorgeous tattoo for the leg that gives a nostalgic vibe.
8. Filigree Rose Tattoo
The rose with its sensitive and fragile pulps is guarded by a structure. The structure looks as if it was a part of an expensive ornament. The branch-like design gives the tattoo a filigree look.
9. Skull On Rose
A dead skull is inside of a red rose. However, the leaves and branches of the rose look like jewelry work instead of ordinary branches and leaves. The Filigree style enhances the beauty of the tattoo.
10. Rose and Eye Sleeve
A full sleeve tattoo with ornamental style on a man’s arm. There’s one gorgeous eye surrounded by breaded-style leaves with a rose on top. It conveys the message that beauty is always being watched.
11. Flower and Sword Filigree Tattoo
A Sword is piercing through a rose. The handle of the sword has custom jewelry work that follows an ancient filigree theme. There’s also a flower near the handle and three expensive gems are being held in place with breaded ornamental work.
12. Red Filigree Rose and skull Tattoo
A skull is missing its jaw and has a red rose on top of it. A branch-like ornamental work is done near its ears and back. A creepy yet beautiful tattoo for the back of the arm.
13. Monochrome Filigree on Leg
A simple yet gorgeous monochrome tattoo of a clock surrounded by flowers. The clock has a chain attached to it. It’s embedded in a heart-shaped ornament. It represents Time and Love with its excellent filigree design.
14. Light Green Rose
The rose tattoo on a man’s leg has a slight green tint to it. The ornament-like branches are spreading in both up and down directions. This style enhances the delicacy of the flower.
15. Gorgeous Flower Tattoo
The bottom half of the hand is covered with a tattoo of a flower. A few drops of dew are on the flower’s branch and tips. Great use of Shadow to bring depth to the tattoo.
16. Filigree Skull Tattoo
A stylish tattoo based on filigree is depicted on a man’s leg. The main attraction is the skull that has a blue rose in one of its eye sockets. There is a glow of blue color in the skull. The Ornamental design enhances the tattoo by a fair margin.
17. Hellfire Filigree Skull
A skull is burning in glowing red flames. The flames look like breaded jewelry work. It brings out the suffering of the trapped skull.
18. Spiked Jaws
The tattoo on his shoulder has a skull of a being that looks far beyond a human. Its teeth are skipped like vampires. The delicate design is coming out of the side of his mouth up to his head.
19. Mysterious Chad
The tattoo has a skull that has a very distinctive jawline. The entire skull is covered in design work. There are also three unknown symbols on his forehead that bring out the mysterious side of this tattoo.
Filigree Thigh Tattoo
20. Connected Crowns
Two Crown tattoo is connected with a filigree design. The two crowns are at two different parts of the leg. The crown on the thigh is pointing upwards but the crown below the knee is pointing downwards.
21. Mighty yet Fragile
The fierce look of the lion is dimmed by the fragile design around his hair. In this instance, the tattoo highlights both the mighty and fragile nature of the person who bears the tattoo.
22. Mirrorless Mirror
A tattoo on a female thigh. There seems to be a frame of a mirror but the reflective mirror itself is missing. The frame has beautiful artwork on it. So beautiful yet useless.
23. Tensed Skull
The skull is hardly biting on its teeth. Although there isn’t a face that doesn’t prevent it from spreading the expression that it’s angry. The anger is contained by fragile work of delicacy and can lease out anytime.
24. Floral Back
A bunch of flowers on a women’s back is contained by a filigree-type vase. The flowers aren’t touching the design but give the impression of being held by it. The beauty is greatly enhanced by the filigree theme.
25. Odin in Filigree Work
A tattoo of the god of war and death Odin and his wife is drawn with a filigree style. The violent nature of Odin is diluted by the filigree artwork on his and his wife’s crown.
26. Dissected Flower
A diagram of a flower that is dissected and marked with proper care. A flower made of silver is on top of the diagram. It highlights the matter that no matter how detail you get nature is always two steps ahead.
27. Trapper Fly
A huge fly is trapped inside a trap. The trap itself is looking very elegant but the purpose is still the same. The fly felt for the beauty and got itself trapped. Most humans do the same in real life as well.
28. Highly Detailed Abstract Filigree
The tattoo has a fine amount of detail but doesn’t mean anything in particular. The meaning of this tattoo is very abstract. It’s better to be left with your imagination rather than me explaining it.
29. Colorful Gems
Three beautiful gems are inside a vine-like tree that is inspired by filigree. The blue gem is shaped like a heart while the red gem is shaped like a triangle with sharp edges. The emerald-colored one is round in shape and almost hidden from everything.
30. Wolf in Filigree
A filigree tattoo of a wolf who looks like the wolf god from Princess Mononoke. The feminine look is depicted through her watering eyes. Her dangerous nature is being suppressed by the filigree-styled forest.
31. Bold Patterns
Bold dark patterns are drawn in this superb filigree tattoo. The tattoo covers the lower half and some parts over the elbow. A great choice for someone who is looking for a filigree tattoo with minimal design.
32. Silver Phoenix
The mighty phoenix that roamed over the world is beautifully depicted in this amazing tattoo. The tail of the phoenix is replaced with filigree work that multiplied its beauty.
33. Game of Spades
A filigree tattoo with playing cards on top. The ace and kind of spades is showing the strength of the hand. But the flowers are bringing a balance between them.
34. Royal Flush
One of the most powerful hands you can have in poker is on a man’s hand. Ace and king are on the top and jack, queen, ten of spades are at the bottom. The cards are connected with designs of silver jewelry.
35. Self Refelting Book
A book is being reflected on a mirror that has silverwork around its frame. The design has two pointed edges. This tattoo delivers the message that a book is like a reflection of a man’s life.
36. Full Back Filigree Tattoo
A tattoo of an angel statue is the main attraction of this entire tattoo. It is surrounded by a filigree frame. This tattoo covers the entire back and back of both hands. A masterpiece of true dedication and belief is expressed through this tattoo.
37. Overthinker Angel
An angel is sipping through a cup of tea and has her eyes rolled up. The tea was supposed to be relaxing but her overthinking has ruined that. She is missing the bottom half of her body. There are also two filigree flowers on top of her wings.
38. Colored Beauty
A fully bloomed red flower and two small flowers are in this cute filigree tattoo. It metaphorically shows the growth phases of a human being with the flower.
39. Lost Time
The watch that was supposed to show time is buried by leaves and flowers. In this tattoo, the clock represents a filigree and gives meaning to the tattoo.
40. Dazzling Eyes
The hypnotizing eye of a female is drawn as a filigree tattoo on the backside of the leg. The has a reflection of an arm in its pupil. The love-seeking eye is behind an amazing gold ornamental design. They both compliment each other nicely.
65. Filigree Neck Tattoo
These amazing filigree tattoos inspired by old jewelry designs can surely enhance the beauty of any tattoo. But they don’t have any meaning of their own. At best they can represent the style of old ornamental work by themself. However, when combined with other tattoo elements they greatly complement the base element. So, If you have any ideas of your own; getting that idea converted into a filigree-themed tattoo will take it to another level.