The Venetian jeweler, Giulio Nardi, was most celebrated for his 'Moretti Veneziano' brooches. Dating from the mid-19th century, they typically depict a Venetian Moor, carved from black chalcedony, ebony, or sardonyx. The figure often suggests Othello, the Moor of Venice. Originating as Venetian souvenirs and love tokens, by the 1930s their popularity soon became evident. Nardi Venezia continues the family jewelry business today in the Piazzo San Marco.