This open work filigree bead with granulation exemplifies the Islamic artistic ideal of balancing pure geometry with other flowing forms. The centre consists of a double twisted wire that conceals every trace of soldering together of the two hemispheres. This aesthetic concealment is topped by small circles of a similar twisted wire with a bold granule occupying the center. This looks like a wide band standing out as a separate identity from the perfectly rounded bead. The plain portion above the band provides a relief from any kind of design. The perforated hole for stringing also has the braided wire around it, turning a simple bead into a fancy item by itself.
Outstanding designs can be created or enhanced by this small wonder.