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. This particular example is exceptional in the unique candelabra sconce design recalling siren maiden sconces or the candelabra lights on the bridges of Venice. Nardi Venezia continues the family jewelry business today in the Piazzo San Marco.