Very fine silver filigree made by oriental jewelers delighted the Europeans. During the 17th and 18th centuries, there were several major centers where articles of filigree jewelry were produced.
Many orders for filigree were filled in southern China, in Canton (Guanchou) and Macao.
Toilet sets and caskets, candlesticks and perfume bottles, table decorations and small boxes for cosmetics were all purchased for the first museum collections in Europe, for the collections of oddities held by royal families, the treasure rooms of churches, and the private homes of wealthy Europeans. The precious rarities served as symbols of authority, as objects for collecting and as diplomatic gifts. The very delicate silver filigree which was ordered for representational purposes and to decorate interiors became the privilege of wealthy and distinguished owners both in the Orient and in Europe. Many of the palaces around Europe had their own "Cabinets of Filigree" at the end of the 17th and early 18th centuries: this was true of Louis XIV’s Versailles, Friedrich I Wilhelm’s Berlin, and in the London of Queen Charlotte.