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

Les Clefs d’Or Golf Day


Gary Coffey was honoured to attend the Les Clefs d’Or Golf day which was held at The Coast Golf Club, in Sydney’s Little Bay.   It was a stunner of a day full of blue skies, a dramatic coastline and sunshine.

Gary is an long-time supporter and Honorary Member of Les Clefs d’Or Australia, whose ethos of service through friendship resonates with Gary’s own ideals.

Check out some snapshots from the day!

The Coast Gold Club, Little Bay.

 

A perfect day.

 

Giulians custom made ball markers for the occasion.

 

Chief Concierge Jonathan Fambart leading the Park Hyatt team on the green.

 

Assistant Chief Concierge Phil de Merindol from the Shangri-La, trying his luck!

 

Mark Anderson, Chief Concierge of the Intercontinental with his team and Gary Coffey.

 

Winner of the putting competition – George Burford from the Intercontinental Hotel.

 


By Alice | Posted on May 25, 2018

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Giulians and Starlight


Giulians are proud to have donated this beautiful 18ct gold and Australian South Sea Pearl neck-piece to The Starlight Foundation 5 Chefs Dinner.

18ct yellow gold and Australian South Sea Pearl Eclipse Necklace

The piece titled ”Eclipse” has been designed and made in our on-site workshop by Gary, and features 11 Australian South Sea pearls set within a handmade 18ct yellow gold link chain, and a diamond-set star in 18ct white gold.

For more information on how you can bid on this piece or make a donation to a fantastic cause,  please follow this link to Givergy: http://www.starlightfivechefssyd.com/ where all the prizes, both LIVE and SILENT can be viewed.

 

 


By Alice | Posted on May 25, 2018

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Handmaking an Opal Pendant.

Rather than choosing a piece that is already made, some of our clients choose to get a piece custom made during their stay in Sydney.  It starts with the gemstone – in this case a lovely boulder opal from Quilpie in Queensland.  Once the opal is selected, a sketch is created for the jeweller to work from, and manufacturing begins!  Here are some step by step photos of this creative manufacturing process.

3.03ct Natural solid boulder opal from Quilpie, QLD.
A pencil sketch of the design to be made.
18ct white gold in bar form – this is where it starts.
A machine called rollers are used to alter the dimensions of the bar.
Pieces of metal are bent into shape, soldered and filed.
Joining the components together.
The finished product.

If you would like more information or if you have interest in getting a piece custom made, please email giulians@giulians.com.au or fill out the below enquiry form, and we will get in touch!  Don’t forget we can ship worldwide, insured door to door.

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By Alice | Posted on May 25, 2018

What a Pearler!


This was recently made in our studio workshop – a beautiful ring, featuring 7 Australian South Sea Pearls,  set in 18ct rose gold.

PEARL RING


By Alice | Posted on April 19, 2018

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