it was actually crochetted, and yes - it took a bit of time to do so the secret is to use Fine Silver istead of Sterling Silver, it's softer, more pliable and it didn't snap even once! and I've already crochetted quite a number of different shapes.
That is amazing. For all the beauty of the background detail, I think the contrasting spider looking bit and the elgant bail are my favorite elements. I just tried netting for the back of a piece, now you make me want to pull it into the piece itself!