Carlo Giuliano Made Beautiful Jewels…
We’re looking at a lovely piece by Carlo Giuliano, who started his career in Naples, Italy and continued in England where he became the private jeweler to Queen Victoria.
This 19th century brooch is created in gold, enamel, pearls, diamonds & emeralds. All the gems are bezel set. The central step-cut emerald with bevelled corners is surrounded by leaf-shaped diamonds, in triplets – groups of three – on each side of the emerald. Curving lines in white enamel provide colour contrast and suggest tendrils or curling twigs. Tiny spheres of gold help to draw the design together, making it more coherent and adding liveliness and texture. Four smaller emeralds stand guard at the corners. On the reverse is the marking ”C.G.” for Carlo Giuliano.
The brooch is held in the collection of the fabulous Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, as part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department. It was purchased with gifts from various donors and Annie Schermerhorn Kane back in 1969.
Thanks to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for the image and comprehensive information.