If I was asked to list three distinct things about Kosovo, I would most likely name filigree, chunks of Trepça minerals, which you can buy, and the Ulpiana archeological park. Of course, there are many more things to enjoy and visit, however, these would be at the top of my list.
Regarding the filigree, Prizreni and Peja are considered the hubs of this art and they have a distinct style. Luckily, in Prishtina, we have a few artisans who continue to produce traditional, filigree jewelry and highly decorative items of unsurpassable refinement.
One that I frequent is Dodo Silver, a small shop on the lower ground floor, situated below a cosmetics store next to a locksmith. When you get there, you’ll see exactly what I am talking about.
The owner, Leka, will show you an array of beautiful filigree pieces. You will be spoilt for choice. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches, with or without semi-precious stones, large, small, and everything in between. My favourite piece is a filigree, made-to-order, re-interpreted eagle, sold both as a necklace and a brooch. Quite stunning, honestly.
If you are passing by the shop, do make a stop. If not for the filigree, then for a chat with Leka. Perhaps he’ll even tell you a joke or two.