The first of two wonderful commissions has been approved today, styled on Barbara’s now famous ‘fox ring’ Thursday, Mar 8 2012 

The graphic above has all the detail but it possibly can’t communicate all the fun and excitement shared between the client and the maker. Linda ran the Gallery store at the Queensland Art Gallery for many moons and has always been a great supporter and with her team they have built up an exciting venue for our retail work in Brisbane. Linda, Iza & Peter, staff and Gallery Guides have all been keen agents for commissions over the years. Now it is Linda’s turn and we are delighted . . . much more to report.

‘Aqua Slinky Choker’ delivered yesterday Thursday, Mar 8 2012 

These Aquamarine earrings and pendant were left set and Barbara devised a new surround that clipped over the original setting. The increased scale and contrasting oxidised finish have brought out the blue in the gems much better than my scan, I have to say. ‘Aqua Slinky Choker’ is another great collaboration with Trisha and brings dated favourites up-to-date.

Commissioned Wedding Bands similar to our own ones in that they are two golds and hand stamped with personal specifics Thursday, Mar 8 2012 

I’ve scanned Pia & Graham’s bands in an image that reminds me of ‘the dance of life’, collected today for a ceremony set for late March 2012.

The balance of making commissions and stock for our four retailers has been a little out of whack of late Thursday, Mar 8 2012 

Bench work has been all commissioner’s makes since starting back in early January 2012 and the pressure is on to replace items sold through the Christmas period, it has started I can now report.

Bud Earrings © Bh 2004–2012 remains a staple item in the retailers stock suite. These are 9ct Palladium White Gold with tension set Aquamarines and the hooks and safety clasp – all handmade in the studio. Users range from young power dressers who like rose quartz or those smashing rubellite garnets, to older fashionable women who go for more rare one-off unusual gems, like tanzanite and emeralds. Trisha Crowley’s last set had handmade studio clip-ons - here.

Barbara Heath commissioned ‘friendship ring’ – a three way collaboration and a three-in-one shot Wednesday, Mar 7 2012 

‘The silver scroll ring Mother made herself, with her own Inverell parti sapphire – re-made by Barbara in a similar style’ Tuesday, Mar 6 2012 

Margaret Myers has told us much about her dear Mother – Ethel Roe and we were all ears. Ethel made two rings, one each for her daughters when she started silversmithing at 90 years old. There is a hoot of a story behind the sapphire find also but I simply can’t make that public. Bob and Margaret are friends from the Queensland Chapter of the AGHS but really we have so much more in common and now we are sharing and bringing new objects of desire and memory into the world.

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