Joe’s Special Box Luxury Edition – Volume 13

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and A Collector’s Things

If you have visited our showroom at 144 South Broad Street, you no doubt have perused one or more of the antique jewelry cases at the back of the store.  Each one is more enticing than the last, overflowing with Victorian and Art Deco treasures.  There is one case that stands out from all the others…  we affectionately refer to it as “the museum case”.  And while the case itself was most likely made in the 1950’s, each of the thirty-eight pieces contained inside are indeed museum quality.  Lovingly curated over the past three decades, our collection of the works of Carlo Giuliano most certainly rival any other.

Born in Italy in 1831, Giuliano emigrated to London in 1860.  He partnered with another well-known Italian jeweler, Castellani.  Inspired by archaeological jewelry, in the early days, his work was largely done in a revivalist style.  He retailed his wares through respected and established firms like C. F. Hancock and Robert Phillips.  By 1874, his reputation had grown and he was able to open a retail shop entirely his own at 115 Piccadilly.  Giuliano’s tiny establishment was filled with enameled jewels decorated with unusual gemstones.  His superb work stood out in stark contrast to other artists.  His meticulous attention to detail came to life in his Renaissance aesthetic and paired beautifully with Giuliano’s flair for contemporary wear-ability resulting in unparalleled creations.  

This locket is our most recent acquisition.  Purchased from our friends in London (who know Joe is an avid collector of Giuliano’s works); this near-mint condition pendant showcases the intricate patterns of enameling that Giuliano’s masterpieces are recognized for.  The stark white enamel complements the soft blue tones and provide an ideal background for countless microscopic deep-blue dots.  Executed in a medallion style with an eight-petaled blossom in the center, the design swirls out in graduating curls and whorls.  The border fully encapsulates the locket with a repeating fancy figure-eight-shape.  

Inside is a watercolor portrait miniature of Sir William Lawrence.  The aforementioned gentleman was quite well known…  a 1st Baronet FRCS FRS, an English surgeon, Fellow of the Royal Society, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of London and Sergeant-Surgeon to Queen Victoria.  She would later reward his illustrious career as a surgeon with a baronetcy shortly before his death.  

On the back side, encased beneath a glazed glass compartment is a lock of Sir William’s hair, complete with a small decorative wire to hold the golden curl in place.  Also, peep the little golden oval carefully soldered to the top of the frame.  It features the initials C. G. and is the hallmark for Carlo Giuliano.  As not all of his works were signed, this emblem is a significant find.  The entire pendant nestles into a deep purple velvet case that also bears the mark of Giuliano. 

For inquiring minds, this historical piece is for exhibition only.  We are honored to be the stewards of such a noteworthy jewel and were tickled to add it to our extensive collection.

“You can go to a museum and look, or you can come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Pick of the Week – Volume 17

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling with Unbelievable Pricing

Is your head in the clouds?  Are you bewitched by the light of the silvery moon?  If you answered yes, then you are on trend for the 2020 fall season.  Audiences of every age are captivated by all things celestial…  crescent moons, suns and stars!  These ethereal gems are certainly bringing the heat this year – but perhaps you were already a fan.  Our Pick of the Week will have you requesting “Beam Me Up“!


This late Victorian pendant centers on a luminescent oval-shaped moonstone, cut en cabochon.  Folklore abounds regarding this shimmering stone.  Some claim that it can solidify an amorous liaison while others boast of it’s talismanic properties… providing protection, health, and good fortune.  

Superstition aside, there’s no doubt about the allure of moonstone.  It is one of the most requested gems in our inventory – unfortunately, very little of it is available.  The appeal lies within two unique characteristics…  adularescence and chatoyancy.  Combined, these two phenomena create a dazzling effect that is hard to resist.  

The moonstone center is beautifully enhanced by concentric borders of both enameled designs as well as intricate metal work.  There are three oval rings, the first one (closest to the center) features a two tone light and dark blue pattern.  The second ring is a band of hand cut azures with black and white enamel enhancement and the final ring is a soft blue with tiny golden dots.  It’s reminiscent of the works of the esteemed Carlo Giuliano.  

Previously priced at $6,750.00


Go to our site and make this beauty yours now.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe and Shelly Isacco

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 58

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things


Not all the treasures at Joden are hidden in Joe’s Special Box, in fact, our crowning glory is in the store for all to see.  We have one of the largest collections of the work of Carlo Giuliano in the country.  Giuliano was the favored jeweler to Queen Victoria.  His elaborately enameled creations are widely considered to be some of the finest pieces in all of jewelry history.  At Joden, we are curators of the past – cultivating passion for this lost art.  

Most of the exceptional examples from the life and work of Carlo Giuliano feature striking enamel patterns – most notably crisp black and white designs like the one shown here.  Careful consideration should be given to how very precise the tiny dots are…  not once do they fade into the white background.  Never before and never again was this process able to be duplicated – it is exclusive to the Giuliano firm. 

When this bracelet made it’s way into our store last week, every one of us was certain it was Giuliano.  We searched every link for the classic Giuliano trademark…  never to find it.  There is not one single hallmark anywhere to be found on this Art Nouveau beauty.  Is it un-signed Giuliano?  Joe’s theory is that it was made by an apprentice…  a young artist learning the art of the master.  In any case, this bracelet is in pristine condition and is absolutely stunning.  It’s available now for $8800.00.

“You can go to a museum and look, or come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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