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 silicon dioxide (chemical formula SiO₂·nH₂O).  It is formed in dessert-like areas, where the geology is rich in silica deposits – sedimentary […]


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 fantastic photos during the process. We hope you enjoy this gallery of images showing the transformation of a lump of […]


Getting Creative

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 […]


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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 the jeweller to work from, and manufacturing begins!  Here are some step by step photos of this creative manufacturing process. […]

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