We went on a road trip!
Last month, Gary, Trina, Joel and I took a day off work, and drove down to Canberra, to see Cartier’s exhibition of historical jewels on display at the National Gallery of Australia. Established in 1847 in Paris, by Louis-François Cartier, Cartier is today an internationally recognised jewellery and watch manufacturer.
Famous for their garland style designs from the early 1900’s, it is of little wonder Cartier became known as the ‘Jeweller to Kings’ – creating tiaras and ornate adornments for aristocrats, socialites and royalty.
Cartier was heralded as a pioneer in the Art Deco style – their early use of minimalist and geometric shapes in their jewellery predated the First World War, and continued well into the 1930s.
During the late 1940’s the panther motif was introduced to their collection and became a quintessential Cartier symbol across their entire range, known as the Panthère de Cartier. From pave sections adorning handbag clasps – mimicking the spots of a panther, to the three-dimensional panther brooch owned by Wallis Simpson (The Duchess of Windsor), the Panthère de Cartier collection has had many famous advocates – and is still going strong today!
Wandering through the exhibition, it was interesting to see how the motifs evolved over the decades, and to see where the designers drew their inspiration from. The archaeological exploration of Egypt, travel of the Royal family to India, and the art of East and Southeast Asia opened up an exotic source of inspiration, which they applied to all sorts of creations – cigarette cases, jewellery, clocks and watches.
Over 300 pieces were on display – a combination of Cartier’s collection and loaned pieces from private collections worldwide. The jewels of Grace Kelly (Later Princess Grace of Monaco), Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Elton John and the Royal family were part of the exhibition.
Before heading back to Sydney, Joel and I stopped at Lerida Estate Winery opposite Lake George, for a late lunch and a glass of their pinot rose. When a winemaker compares the colour of their wine to an Argyle pink diamond, you know they have taste!
Scroll down to see a few more images taken on our journey.
Visiting Sydney soon? You may have already researched where to eat during your stay, but sometimes a brilliant wine list can help make the decision easier!
The Annual Wine List of the Year Awards, held last month, is the Oscars for restaurant owners and sommelier’s wine lists as they learn how their carefully constructed list stack up. 2018 was the 25th year of this award.
The most important part of the night is the all important “Glass” rating where restaurants find out if they have received 1, 2 or 3 Glasses, just as they do with “Chefs Hats” for their chefs creations in the kitchen. Sydney is proud to boast 55 restaurants awarded with a 3 wine glass rating.
In addition there are dozens of other categories that cover individual states, city / country, by the glass, beer, sparkling, aperitif, digestive, wines from each state, to read the full 2018 list click here. Scroll down to see the list of Sydney’s 3 Glass restaurants and the National Award Winners.
SYDNEY 3 GLASS RESTAURANTS
Altitude, Aqua Dining, Aria Sydney, Ash Street Sydney, Balcon by Tapavino, Balla, Bambini Trust, Banksii Vermouth Bar, Bar H Dining, Bennelong, Bentley Restaurant, Bert’s Bar, Bibo Wine Bar, Cafe Sydney, Catalina, Century, Cirrus, Cut Bar and Dining, Dear Saint Eloise, Devine Food and Wine, Dolphin, Felix, Flying Fish, Fred’s, Fujisaki, Glass, Golden Century, Hubert, Icebergs, Love Tilly Devine, Manta, Momofuku Seiobo, Monopole, Mr Wong, Nomad Sydney, One Ford Street, Ormeggio, Oscillate Wildly, Pendolino, Pilu at Freshwater, Prime, Public Dining Room, Quay, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Rosetta Sydney, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Sake The Rocks, Sokyo, Sixpenny, Spice Temple Sydney, Tetsuya’s, Uccello, Wine Library, Yellow
NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS
BEST WINE LIST – Aria Brisbane
BEST NEW LIST – Dear Sainte Eloise
BEST SMALL WINE LIST (MAX 100 WINES) – Chiswick
BEST LIST BY THE GLASS – Bentley Restaurant
BEST SPARKLING LIST – Aria Sydney
BEST APERITIF – Devine Food and Wine
Excerpts from original article by Alsaker.com.au
Giulians inaugural Meet the Brewer and Putt for Cash evening.
Everyone’s heard of food and wine pairings – even food and beer pairings, but beer and fine jewellery may not seem such an obvious match!
Most of you know what we do, and how well we do it, so Gary’s idea for this bi-monthly event is simply to create a fun experience – an introduction to a local Sydney brewer, while adding a competitive edge with a putting competition and a chance to have some laughs.
For those lucky enough to attend, you already know it was a bit of fun, but for the rest of you – here’s a glimpse of what you missed and what you can look forward to next month. Keep scrolling for all the images taken on the night.
Wayward Brewing Co.’s ethos is ‘life is about finding out what’s around that corner, experiencing new things and enjoying great beer with good friends’. When you find people passionate about what they do, it is easy to share in their enthusiasm, and Pete Philip, founder of Wayward Brewing Co is no exception.
Pete, combining his love of beer, business, travel and adventure founded Wayward brewing Co in 2012. Wayward by name, the company was a gypsy brewer until 2015, when Pete, along with head brewer Shaun Blissett opened Wayward’s 1st brewery and cellar bar at 1 Gehrig Lane, Camperdown. This was originally the site of a winery, dating back almost a century. The original wax-lined wine vats have been converted into rooms, and with a 24-tap bar featuring both Wayward’s core range of craft beers and some constantly changing single-batch seasonal releases, it is a beer lovers paradise. (A small wine list for the non-beer drinkers). They also do brewery tours on Saturdays and have a rotating food truck schedule and pizza menu, so it is totally worth a visit! For more info check out http://www.waywardbrewing.com.au/
Pete generously lent his time on the night to talk about his beers and his brand.
Four of Wayward Brewing Co’s beers were for tasting – a Bavarian lager, a pale ale, a sour beer and a dark IPA.
KELLER INSTINCT – Bavarian Lager
Kellerbier is a German style of beer which literally translates to ‘Cellar Beer’ – referring to the cooler temperatures the beer is brewed and conditioned under.
Notes: A pale-golden, Bavarian Lager which uses premium German, Wheat, Vienna and Munich malts, giving a sweet, biscuit flavor and an ultra-smooth finish. The Wheat specifically adds body while the hops give a touch of herbal notes. This beer is cold fermented, giving it that crisp, clean finish. 4.8% ABV
CAMPERDOWN 1 – Pale Ale
Notes: Named after Wayward’s neighbourhood, this is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. This smooth and easy drinking golden summer ale has just the right balance of biscuit malt and fresh hop aroma that melds the best of an American and English ale style. Pine on the nose gives way to passionfruit on the palate and a light, fruity finish. It acts as an ideal food pairing and tastes good with just about any dish. 4.6% ABV
SOURPUSS – Raspberry Berliner Weisse
Considered the “champagne of beer”, this tart, fruity wheat beer is a traditional Berlin-style sour with fresh raspberry aroma and a light sweetness with a clean pilsner and wheat malt finish. Sourpuss is an ultra- refreshing beer that is perfect on a hot summer’s day or paired with food. A great choice for both cider lovers and beer lovers. First brewed by request of Pete’s wife and now a fan-favourite among Wayward punters. 3.8% ABV
SLAPSHOT – Dark IPA
The Slapshot Black IPA is a traditional hop forward American IPA brewed with dark roasted malts. These bold malt flavours of caramel and cacao balance perfectly with the citrus-fruit and pine hop character, to give a smooth and rounded finish. 6.5% ABV
Despite some admirable attempts, no-one made the winning putt – during the official part of the evening at least. (Apparently if you remove the pressure of cash and add more beer, putting becomes easy!) But this means the prize has doubled! So with that incentive in mind – come and try your luck next month.
Thank you to all who attended. To sum up the night, I think Phil said it best –
Thank you for arranging such an enjoyable evening for us all- great beers, great conversation, some lovely opals & some mediocre putting.
We look forward to seeing even more faces at our next Meet the Brewer night, which will be on Wednesday 5th September (mark it in your calendar!) Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know more about Giulians or our next event.
Ever wondered what Gary gets up to on his days off? Golf, gardening and… this!
Last year Gary was tasked with making a commemorative plaque for a friend’s retirement. Using some specimen grade ‘boulders’, Gary got on the power tools in his front yard. His youngest son Liam, who is a keen photographer, captured some fantastic photos during the process.
We hope you enjoy this gallery of images showing the transformation of a lump of boulder opal rock into a gorgeous retirement gift, presented to Mr Ron Greedy, a longtime member of Les Clefs d’Or Australia. Celebrating 22 years of ‘Service Through Friendship’ – Congratulations Ron!
Handmaking a Pink Diamond Pendant.
When we aren’t busy making beautiful pieces for clients, we are creating new pieces for our boutique. Recently inspired by a lovely pink diamond and geometric shapes, Gary designed this 18ct white gold pendant. I hope you enjoy this gallery of images, capturing the evolution of this one-off piece.
Thanks for viewing! If you are interested in this piece or wish to learn more about Australian pink diamonds, please get in touch with us via email email@example.com or by filling out the form below.
What colour is a sapphire?
It is a simple enough question. The mere mention of the word sapphire brings to mind the colours royal or cornflower blue – like Princess Diana’s famous sapphire ring, now worn by Kate Middleton – The Duchess of Cambridge. What many people don’t realise is that sapphires come in almost every colour imaginable – blue, green, yellow, purple and pink.
Gary recently received a bespoke order from a client for a pink sapphire ring, with the view to also create a pair of matching earrings and pendant. We always start these enquiries by finding the perfect gem. Even after 40 years of experience, Gary was surprised by how challenging finding the ‘perfect matched set’ would prove to be.
Peach, apricot, salmon, coral, purplish pink, cerise, amaranth, fuchsia, watermelon, hot, lolly, dusty, mushroom or baby pink? Even the names are a challenge! The colour ‘peach’, for example. Does this refer to the skin colour of the stone fruit, which varies from dark pink to orange, or the inside flesh which is more on the orange side? And what makes a pink sapphire a ‘Padparadscha’.
See the gallery below for a small insight into the wonderful world of pink sapphires and the sometimes challenging (but always fun) creative process!
Gaining popularity at the moment is a very rare and special colour in pink sapphires called Padparadscha. This is the name given to sapphires that have both pink and orange tones present. The original Padparadscha sapphires were found in Sri Lanka, however other deposits have been found in Madagascar, Vietnam and Tanzania. The word Padparadscha is derived from the Sinhalese word meaning lotus blossom, and the colour of these sapphires has been described as somewhere between a lotus blossom and a sunset.
If you would like to find out more about Padparadscha sapphire or any other sapphires, please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the form below.
Starlight Five Chefs Dinner
Giulians were very proud to be part of a fantastic night where a record-breaking amount of well over 1 million dollars was raised to support seriously ill kids and their families.
Gary and Trina were delighted to attend the dinner, where 5 of Sydney’s best chefs and restaurateurs cooked a five part dinner, matched with local Hunter Valley wines.
The participating chefs – Colin Fassnidge (4Fourteen), Josh Niland (Saint Peter), Alessadro Pavoni (Ormeggio), Peter Gilmore (Bennelong) and Luke Mangan (Lukes Kitchen), each created a dish for the evening while Hunter Valley wineries Keith Tulloch, Lakes Folly, Peacock Hill, Tyrells and McGuigans provided pairings with each meal.
The amount raised by this event will enable Starlight to deliver their Captain Starlight and Starlight Express Room programs at Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for five months, and in addition, grant 19 life-changing Starlight Wishes.
For more information on the Starlight Foundation and the amazing work they do, please visit https://starlight.org.au/.
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Sometimes, an opal just speaks to you.
This intense natural Australian opal, from Lightning Ridge in NSW, did exactly that. Within weeks of its arrival, Gary had formed an idea, which then progressed into a finalised design, featuring flowers, butterflies and 24ct gold beadwork. Below is a gallery of images capturing this design evolution.
This design is now complete – and the manufacturing process can begin. Watch this space for further updates!
If you are interested in having your own custom piece created or would like to know more about this process, please contact us using the below form.