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.

A beautiful day for a drive.

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 Paris Tiara – 1905, choker necklace & Lily stomacher brooch 1906. Platinum and diamonds.

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.

Cartier Paris Brooch – Rock crystal, diamond, enamel, mother of pearl and sapphire -1924

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!

Cartier Paris Brooch Watch – the reverse side of the rectangular Panther motif section has a watch dial – 1928

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.

Cartier Paris Bangle – Coral, emerald and onyx – 1930

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.

Cartier Halo tiara made in 1936, belongs to Queen Elizabeth II and was worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day in 2011

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.

The entry into the National Art Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
‘The Garland Style’ – Cartier Paris Devant de Corsage – Platinum, diamond and pearls – 1902
Guilloché enamel barometer – Silver, gold, silver gilt enamel – 1908
Watch necklace – 1910. Guilloché enamel is a technique involving engine turning a pattern on gold, then firing with a vitreous transparent enamel over the top.
Cartier Paris bracelet watch – c.1910
Cartier Paris Snake Necklace – Platinum and diamond – 1919
Cartier Vanity Case – c.1920
Cartier London sautoir – Diamonds and rubies – 1924. This piece was amazingly flat in profile.
Cartier Paris for Cartier New York Panther pattern evening bag – 1924
Trina and Alice looking through one of the double-sided displays. The craftsmanship is not limited to the front of pieces, with the other side showing as much detail as the front.
Cartier Paris Vanity case – this is actually a photo of the back – 1924
Cartier Paris vanity case – 1925
Cartier powder compact and lipstick holder – 1925
Cartier Paris necklace – special order for the Maharaja of Patiala – 1928.
Two coral bracelets – inspiration from the East – 1930
Cartier London Collier – Platinum, Emeralds and diamonds – 1932
Cartier Paris – Imperial Jadeite strand – 1934. Like Australian opal, magnificent jadeite commands some of the highest prices among gems in today’s international market.
Cartier Bib Necklace – Gold, Turquoise and diamonds – 1955
Cartier Bangle – Gold turquoise and diamond – 1953
Diamond setters are a different part of the jewellery trade. Jewellers create the mountings, then the setters place and secure the gemstones.
Many of the hand tools we use today are the same as the ones used by jewellers in the 1800s. Hammers, files, saw-frames, blocks and punches have not changed over the centuries.
The official book of the exhibition, with stunning close up photographs of the pieces viewed.
Lerida Estate, Lake George – the perfect spot for a late lunch.
Inside Lerida Cafe – with the winery next door.
Lerida Estate Pinot Rose – a good drop!
Taking in the lovely views of Lake George from the winery, before heading home.





By Alice | Posted on August 28, 2018

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.


Aria Restaurant – Best Sparkling List 2018 – photo courtesy @jeymin.ny



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



BEST WINE LIST – Aria Brisbane

BEST NEW LIST – Dear Sainte Eloise


BEST LIST BY THE GLASS – Bentley Restaurant


BEST APERITIF – Devine Food and Wine


@devinefoodandwine – Best Aperitif Wine List 2018


Excerpts from original article by Alsaker.com.au

By Alice | Posted on August 14, 2018

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.


The Brewer

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.

The selection of beers for tasting on the night – Bavarian Lager, Berliner Weisse, Pale Ale and Black IPA.

The Beer

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

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

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


Wayward Brewing Co’s Camperdown 1 pale ale, for tasting.
Pete, founder of Wayward Brewing Co.
The grazing table of sopressa, salami, proscuitto, olives, truffle brie, cheddar and blue cheese.
Camperdown 1, Sour Puss and Slap Shot.
From Left: Pete Philip and Phil de Merindol at ‘the bar’.

Signs of an enjoyable night.

The Putting

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.

Guess the opal and pearl value competition – among a collection of Giulians jewellery.
One of Giulians amazing black opals – 9.22cts.
Ben’s guess was closest to the mark for the pearl value – while Mark’s was obviously not!
Jorge, 1st putt of the evening – and the closest!
Adam – reading the green. Will need to get much better at reading carpet!
No doubt Mark thought he had this in the hole… maybe next time!
We may need to work on Ben’s stance – but no improvement needed on his pearl knowledge!
Surely that ones gotta go in!!
In Phil’s own words – some mediocre putting, and no-one was going to argue!
Maybe stick to fishing Deano!
Pace better suited to Happy Valley Racecourse!
Late night drop in, better luck next time Allan!
Giulians dress code for the evening – ‘come as you are’.

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 gary@giulians.com.au if you want to know more about Giulians or our next event.




By Alice | Posted on August 7, 2018

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!

A natural boulder of iron stone and opal.
The reddish-brown dust is from the ironstone, which is the host rock of Boulder opal.
Slicing through the large Boulder opal specimen.
Such work requires the use of a proper dust mask, eye and ear protection.
Using hammer and axe head to chisel the required section, causing it to ‘split’.
More hammer, less chisel!
Sitting back to check progress.
Wetting the stone helps to show colour, mimicking the look of a polished finish.
The finished piece of boulder, ready for varnish and the name plaque.
Affixing the Les Clefs d’Or Keys and a brass engraved plaque.
The engraved brass plaque.
From left: Gary Coffey, honorary Les Clef’s d’Or member of  11 years, and the recipient of the opal plaque, Mr Ron Greedy.

By Alice | Posted on July 31, 2018

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.


Gary’s bench sketch providing details for Joel to work from.
Using a scribe to mark out detail before saw piercing.
Saw piercing to remove sections of gold, creating the decorative pattern on the top plate.
Positioning the diamond settings.
When the piece was completed, Gary felt like something was missing…
Adding 2 rows of diamonds around the frame was the finishing touch!

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 giulians@giulians.com.au or by filling out the form below.

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By Alice | Posted on July 26, 2018

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!

The gorgeous orange-pink sapphire selected for a bespoke design.
Gary’s initial sketch presented to the client.
The beautiful diversity of pink sapphire – and this is just a small selection!

Padparascha Sapphires

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.

Somewhere between a lotus and a sunset leaves plenty of room for a panoply of variation.

If you would like to find out more about Padparadscha sapphire or any other sapphires, please feel free to contact us on giulians@giulians.com.au or by using the form below.


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By Alice | Posted on July 6, 2018

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 dinner table setting at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney.
The menu with offerings of Blackmore wagyu, Inglewood chicken and Australian Murray Cod.
Five Chefs: Colin Fassnidge, Josh Niland, Alessadro Pavoni, Peter Gilmore and Luke Mangan with the Starlight Captains.
Giulians South Sea Pearl Eclipse necklace was auctioned on the night!
Starlight Foundations CEO Louise Baxter, wearing Giulians Eclipse necklace.
Gary and Trina Coffey with the Starlight Captains.

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/.


By Alice | Posted on June 14, 2018

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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.

The source of inspiration – A 9.39ct opal, from Lightning Ridge, NSW.
Early thoughts put on paper.
Starting the 1:1 scaled drawing in pencil.
A splash of colour is added, showing the use of yellow, pink and white gold.

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.


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By Alice | Posted on May 30, 2018