Opal Discovery #2

Have you ever wanted to know how to judge an opal’s quality?  In part two of Giulians’ opal discovery, lets take a look at the different qualities that make a great opal. In a previous post, I hinted that there are many factors that go into determining a quality natural Australian opal.  However, it is important […]


Best Restaurants in Sydney

Visiting Sydney soon?  A little over a month ago the Good Food Guide announced it’s list of hatted restaurants for 2019, so if food is your thing, read on! The Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat’s are Australia’s equivalent to Michelin Stars and have been awarded since 1982.   Taste, ingredients, presentation, technique, value, and consistency are […]


Opal Discovery #1

Did you know that Opal is the birthstone of October?  To celebrate this month of opal, we would like to share with you a little information about this amazing gemstone, and why we are so passionate about it here at Giulians! What is opal, and how is it formed? Opal is a form of hydrated […]


Meet the Brewer night #2

Giulians 2nd Meet the Brewer and Putt for Cash evening was a great success! Congratulations to Allan Alvarez – the winning putt of the evening! Thank you to all who attended and for those of you who couldn’t make it- here are some of the highlights.     The Brewer So what happens when 2 American-born lacrosse […]


The Exhibition

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. […]


Australian Wine List of the Year 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 […]


Meet the Brewer Night #1

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 […]


Well, Someone has to do the Dirty Work!

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 […]


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In the Workshop #1

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 […]

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