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The Elegance Of Giuliano Jewellery: A Reflection

In the world of fine jewellery, where beauty meets craftsmanship, Italian jeweller Carlo Giuliano (1831-1895) stands as an emblem of elegance and sophistication.

Upon moving to London in 1860, Giuliano began designing and creating his revivalist jewellery, which was then outsourced to various retailers in the West End of London. By 1874, his success led to the opening of his own shop, of which royalty from around the world were known to frequent. His beautifully detailed enamel work was in its own league, and he often combined unusual gems, such as lapis lazuli, zircons, fire opals and pearls, favouring cabochons as readily as faceted gems. Brooches, pendants, fringe necklaces, earrings, hair ornaments and tiaras designed and created by Giuliano all received his unique sense of style, inspired by the Renaissance aesthetic.

Giuliano continued his work and built his reputation for some 40 years, until his death in 1895. His sons inherited the business, having received thorough training in order to continue the exquisite work under the Giuliano name, but sadly the business closed in 1914 after Giuliano’s youngest son’s tragic death.

Giuliano’s penchant for revival jewellery gained him many admirers over the years. Originating in the 19th century, revivalist jewellery drew inspiration from various historical periods, reviving motifs and craftsmanship techniques from the past. From the intricate filigree of the Renaissance to the bold geometries of Art Deco, each revivalist movement brought forth a distinct aesthetic that resonated with its era.

Today, revivalist jewellery is experiencing a renaissance of its own. In a digital age dominated by mass production and fast fashion, there's a growing appreciation for the artistry and uniqueness found in vintage-inspired pieces.

We’re admirers of Giuliano’s work here at Gaetano Chiavetta and the wider revival jewellery style. Explore our current stock for your next statement piece, or contact us if you need help sourcing a specific item.