We are finding it hard to make new stock for retailers Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 

. . . as multiple commission requests and a large public art project have taken up almost all the time and energy available. Nevertheless the studio still manages to recreate some of our ‘heroes’ when we lose them to customers, this new Mother of Pearl dress ring has just been handed to me to scan and cost for consignment. With our annual ‘studio sale’ planned for the first weekend in December I know that this ring will not be going anywhere until the sale.

The job bag simply says – “Ring for Holly” Tuesday, Oct 28 2014 

Josh is the fourth person in the Ryan clan to entrust us to design and produce a commission – with this, his very special engagement ring to his fiancé Holly. He used his friendship with one of our favourite Diamond merchants and supplied his own gem. He scoured the web and the CBD and came up with the classic Tiffany solitaire setting that rings all the bells but he was more captivated by Barbara’s heavier and more sculptured big-up version, handmade in Platinum. Here it is photographed on her hand moments after she said ‘yes’ and sent to us via a text from her beau. Another two studio shots here and here.

The job bag specs: © Bh Commission Josh Ryan – Engagement ring for Holly. Hand fabricated solitaire style ring has round brilliant cut diamond 1.01 ct as supplied set in curved four claw setting fitted to narrow half round band tapering towards gem. Size M. Platinum.

 

We can finally talk about and show you our ‘benefactor’s medal’ and presentation box commissioned by the QAG|GOMA Foundation Sunday, Oct 19 2014 

From a brief in March 2014 to the design, development, production and delivery of the first five units last Thursday for Friday’s Foundation event – a wonderful journey and delightful partnering with the Queensland Art Gallery. The presentation package was designed and realised in vector art by the studio and was then effectively produced in Queensland red cedar and perspex, inhouse at the Gallery while we worked with our fabricators (Gold Coast & Sydney & Brisbane) and finished the medals and ribbons in the studio. There were many photographs taken at hand over and an article will appear in the Foundation’s magazine in the near future, here is my shot of Barbara taken on the iPhone in the water pavilion.

Latest commissioned dress ring collected on Thursday (with much celebration and delight) Sunday, Oct 19 2014 

Tamsin Cull and Barbara huddled together for almost three meetings to plan and execute this © Bh offset “lace dish” ring they have dubbed –  THE STORY SO FAR. Recycling her materials and gems, we worked with 5 cushion cut diamonds from her Grandmother’s ring and 2 diamonds and 1 ruby from another earlier commission + 1 new brown diamond + bead details from Grandmother’s ring + yellow gold from her Florentine ponte vecchio ring – got that? All recreated in 18ct Palladium White Gold and Yellow Gold by the studio and using all the other metals to create the shaped and elegant © tapered Bud band. I’ve asked Tamsin to periodically shoot the ring and send on her pics, my choice of her first three is below:

Edwardian era inter-changable jewellery into the studio for research and repair Thursday, Oct 9 2014 

Oval cabochon ring set (above) and oval cabochon Pendant set (below). Both sets are complete in their presentation boxes (but sadly sans retailer’s marks). The ring and pendant chain are now ready for wearing again. Thanks to Janette Wiley for bringing these into the studio.

 

Commissioned ‘mourning ring’ for her husband Wednesday, Oct 8 2014 

Robert John Kerr (Bob) Myers was our friend also, after a wonderful life working as a soil scientist in many parts of the world – he slipped into dementia after a stroke. The local chapter of the Australian Garden History Society will also miss him as does his loving family and friends. Margaret and Barbara worked on this elegant © Bh ‘saddle’ 18ct Palladium White Gold, Diamond and black enamel ring in his memory. I love the Diamonds all in a row like seedlings, buried in the black soil.

Here is the ‘local trail’ antique & retro list for September 2014 for the Northern Rivers area of NSW Wednesday, Oct 1 2014 

Ross and Eve Heath who are at Bangalow put this together – (click for high-res .pdf download) and people we talked to all thank them for their services rendered. Their shop is huge, well stocked and priced for Sydneysiders on holidays.

Surprised to see this down pipe and pressed tin sheets that are faux tin and rust painted PVC Tuesday, Sep 30 2014 

William White has developed this product with his Chinese factory and then pulled his product from a huge national distributor because of the hike in their margin take . . . he told me what they demanded. He’s set up a web page, he’s used it on his building in Brunswick Heads and we are going to use both products in our Tasmanian renovation.

The pink • looks like 19th century corrugated tin down pipe . . . but its modern PVc formed and painted to look the part. The * decorative eave is PVC painted in rust finish that really tricks the eye and is so easy to work and so affordable. Go here to view their unfinished web, this info is straight from the horse’s mouth. Contact Wil at <willyandjo@hotmail.com>

Below is their three story building, shop (Fabulous Mrs Fox) and residence in Brunswick Heads, northern NSW. Seriously chic and killing the retail trade down in those trendy parts, search for their Facebook page and go-like . . .

We head to Brunswick Heads as does retro and garage . . . + Fabulous Mrs Fox Monday, Sep 29 2014 

First thing Sunday we hit the road for two days in and around Brunswick Heads, northern NSW – freaky really.

End of school holidays, needing some massage, long walks and snooping shops . . . new restaurants and we meet an old (creative) acquaintance  of Barbara’s, Jo and her Wil of (William White Industries) and www.theclassicfamily.com.au

+ Louise at <re sould> who is a friend of Scott Redford via Bet & Janelle Watson

+ Bangalow and Milton Cater’s (carpet) boys

+ The great black West London gent at the Greek restaurant ‘fatbellyKaf’ in Brunswick Heads

+ best kept secret shop, Gabrielle’s Closet on the way home in Murwwillumbah

Exquisite pair of local boar’s tusks turned into a pair of wearable bangles Friday, Sep 26 2014 

The questions were: 1) do we make silver fitted caps for each tusk? . . . and they sell them as objects. 2) do we endeavour to make them into wearable bracelets? 3) if so how to make them both fit her slender slim wrists? 4) There will have to be lots of metal, Silver or Rose Gold? 5) how to best show off the patina and growth lines of the tusks?

Barbara, Juan-Luis, mal E, Vanessa and Michael played with the options . . . sometimes they we were all in accord, ideas were lobbed into the mix like wild-fire – two meetings then the solution was drawn up, costed a few ways and accepted in a few minutes.

I’ve posted both together (above) and the two separate (below) © Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost

 

 

Feedback from Vanessa Roche, via iPhone messaging: “Nancy Cunard photographed by Man Ray, she is fun to google . . . Thanks again for the bracelets, they are just perfect! I might try to build up to this look”. The image sent was too small to post –  our Nancy Cunard image comes from the Jewellery to the Lost library ‘ Costume Jewellery in Vogue’ by Jane Mulvagh.

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