The diamond was purchased through her work at Rio Tinto, Barbara’s two bands and setting, Malcolm’s photography and blog update, but getting the goods to Rebecca who is working up at Karratha, north-west Western Australia is proving to be the sticking point Tuesday, May 18 2010 

First the design development image that accompanied the quote (below). Rebecca left soon after to take up a position at a new mining establishment in Karratha. We wondered to ourselves how we would get her goods to her safely?

Rebecca was referred to us by her Dad who is an old Barbara Heath commission client – word-of-mouth again! Her Emerald-cut Diamond at 1.03ct is so conspicously clean . . . what a great starting place. No complicated design process, Barbara and Rebecca started into the task by selecting two bands from the range and worked out the placement of the stone, the locking of the bands and the details of the finish. Emails to confirm and we are away on the make.

Commissioned Ring © Bh – Broad band comprised of two separate sections at top and merged at back, one parallel and tapers to hand, the other like Moebius band offset to right. Emerald-cut Diamond in partial bezel setting transverses the two bands at the top and is low set. Highly polished setting with matt finish and high polish on highlights.

Here’s the full platen area scanned at 600 dpi, this is where I start and photoshop filters do the rest.

Footnote: The first quote from our Hong Kong brokers to get the small parcel (insured) from Brisbane to Karatha was A$1,320.00, but that was only until the plane landed. Once on the ground there was no coverage to the inside of the airport. Our other Australian insurance brokers did manage to come to the party for a fee of A$165.00 using Platinum Express (signable) post pack – the way to go! We counted (5.5)hours of calls and facilitation to achieve the dispatch . . .

Footnote 2: It arrived safe and an email response is in the comments area.

A paper given by Elizabeth Shaw traces the beginnings of the studio jewellery movement in Queensland and JMGQ. Delivered at reSource: Prospects for Contemporary Jewellery and Object Making JMGA 2010 conference held in Perth April 2010 Sunday, May 16 2010 

From: elizabeth shaw + nick ashby <elizabeth@elizabethshaw.com.au>
Date: 15 May 2010 1:53:14 PM
To: mal E <male@optusnet.com.au>, barbara heath <barby@co-opones.to>
Subject: Fwd: ca enews issue #51 may 2010 – focus on contemporary jewellery

Hi Barb and Mal, You’ve probably already received this newsletter. Craft Australia have published my paper from the conference online, the link is here. Thanks heaps for supplying me with images, you’ll see that Craft Aust selected one to include online.  I hope you are happy with what I wrote. Regards, Liz.

Extract relating to Barbara Heath: “Undoubtedly Brisbane’s most celebrated contemporary jeweller today is Barbara Heath. Barbara arrived in Brisbane in mid 1983 and established an inner city studio. In 1984 she exhibited in the QJW exhibition. Sel (Pilgrim) recalls fond memories of ‘Barbara… coming to Brisbane (and) joining the group… (He recalls) dropping her off after the QJW meetings to the boat she lived in on the Brisbane River. (Pilgrim. 2006 p.3) Barbara remains a member of JMGQ and her commitment to the community of practice in Queensland has seen her open her studio to visitors such as Christine Dhein and Catherine Salter and offering traineeships and employment opportunities to numerous emerging jewellers over the years. This has included, but is by no means limited to Sheridan Kennedy, Thomas Burless, Juan-luis Gonzalez, Marisa Molin, Justine Austen and Dan Cox”. Malcolm Enright adds: Liz herself spent some studio weeks at Paddington studio, Rose Agnew, Felicity (flick) McGaw, Nicole Petersen & Dimitar Bianco.

More on Barbara’s researching the colonial tin trail – a visit to Betty Gillespie Friday, May 14 2010 

Smith & Robertsons at Logan Road, Woolloongabba operated since 1935. In 1948 as a young apprentice metalworker; Grahame Gillespie joined the firm and in a Courier-Mail article dated 23 Jan 1985 he makes his own prediction, “I’ll probably be the last proprietor of Smith & Robertson’s“. Yesterday, Barbara spent a few hours at Betty Gillespie’s home going through the patterns, the machines stored under the suburban home and most importantly – chatting on with Betty about the history and stories of the business. Barbara said Betty was sharp as a tack, in fact when Barbara called her on the phone (out of the blue), Betty responded “yes, Dear I remember you, we fab’d up the big lettering on your shop back in the late 1980s at Paddington, didn’t we.” Well Barbara was amazed, she will write up her research notes on the weekend. I’ve just processed the shots and couldn’t wait to blog at least one of them today.

Now that the word is out that we are researching local colonial tin smiths, you never know what comes out of the tin spout Friday, May 14 2010 

Lunch time on Wednesday there was a visitor at the front door – lovely Dawn Gibson, Janet Gibson’s mum! Dawn has just returned from a Palo Alto, six week visit to those favourite friends of ours at Stanford; The Jackman family. “Here dears, this is from my side of the Emerton family from West Wylong – the shop photograph is framed up with galvanised sheet and on the back, can you work out what the pencil inscription says?” I set to work with a scan and a few photoshop filters, printed out a pic and Dawn had every word clearly legible.

New Earrings for the © Bh Range – Petal Triads Silver & Matt Onyx Thursday, May 13 2010 

Call from Melbourne for a new take on our Chenier Ring Friday, May 7 2010 

Studio Ingot carry a selection of our work in Melbourne. They take commission briefs and feed off this blog, (well they take clients through this blog’s search function in their store. The brief is to make one continuous textured chenier and shank ring – can do says Barbara!

Commissions are getting much more complex with clients wanting the fully blown gem thing – great we say! Wednesday, May 5 2010 

. . . but the retailing environment is saying give us cheaper price points, using lower grade precious metals but still do lots more complex work . . . so where to from here? Silver – forged metal – the studio is ringing with hammers on metal lately – lovely!

New © Bh Forged Link Bib Necklet, 925 Silver all hand-made. I’ve priced 10 microns worth of Rhodium to be plated on these Necklets today also. So I’m getting these out to all our retailers, please  respond and let us know what you want? And here is a second image.

A tip-off, what’s in store at Bonhams NYC 27 May 2010, one item in particular, for all gem loving typographers Sunday, May 2 2010 

For the designer/typographer/collector who has a spare $10k and isn’t paying off some clock of distinction:
Bonhams Sale 18252 – Natural History, 27 May 2010
580 Madison Avenue, New York
Lot No: 1328
Natural Agate Alphabet
Indonesia
There are only five complete natural agate alphabet sets known to have been assembled and the present set is one of them. Through perseverance and hard work the lapidary artist has cut these twenty-six cabochons from large pieces of natural translucent agate that contained iron-stained fractures. Typically, these natural inclusions in the agate take the form of an abstract pattern or cross, but with great care, the lapidary artist can observe where the stained fractures form shapes which are more interesting, and then orient the cabochon so that those shapes appear as letters. It can take many years to assemble a set such as this as only a few agate “letters” are found each year. Certain letters, such as Q and R, are especially difficult to find. Truly a wonder of nature and a fascinating item for those loving natural history curiosities, heights approximately 10mm.
Estimate: $7,000 – 10,000
Contact the Specialist to discuss this lot or selling in a future sale
Email: Thomas Heitkamp
Tel: 323-436-5437

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