Only one mermaid will be able to dive into this aqua pool of a ring, will it be you? Tuesday, May 29 2012 

Rings, Earrings, Necklaces & Bracelets will feature this weekend at St Margarets © Bh 2012 Tuesday, May 29 2012 

New stock to be shown at Mayo Festival, be there to collect something new from Jeweller to the Lost.

The studio finds it hard to keep making ‘spec’ designs (for retailers) when the commission side keeps all hands and minds concentrated on this line of business. This balancing act must continue as new clients are always gained from the retail exposure of our quality makes. No skimping on metal and always the best quality gems are incorporated into Barbara’s work.

We hope to see you all this weekend at this exciting event, further particulars call the school + 61 7 3862 0777. Dr Judith Mackay is the special guest + drinks and canapés from 6:30 pm.

 

Promo piece for this coming Friday evening, the cocktail party to launch 2012 Mayo Festival Tuesday, May 29 2012 

Bar & Ring Necklace with textured House and matted Infinity Symbol, Antique natural Afghanistan Lapis Lazuli © Jeweller to the Lost

Another new ‘Lace’ style earring finished today Wednesday, May 23 2012 

Another new earring style – ‘Lace Hoops’ ready for retailers and the upcoming Mayo Festival Tuesday, May 22 2012 

The latest ‘lace’ oxidised 925 Silver 18ct Yellow Gold Earrings © Bh 2012 Thursday, May 17 2012 

Rhodolite Garnet Blue Chalcedony Phrenite – all pear cut cabochons in this very successful style. Mayo Festival stock being consigned as we type . . .

Carnelian tear drop version © Bh 2012

Another collaboration between the forces of fashion and those who wrestle the materials Wednesday, May 16 2012 

Three hearts skipped a beat when we delivered this piece early on Saturday morning just as Tricia was about to fly off to Perth and on to Karatha, Western Australia to see her son. It was Laurie who first bought her a divine, large Tanzanite (from the mine) that we set in her lost Emerald and Tanzanite ring – here. Laurie played a big part in the design of the original ring so with this replacement he was also involved and held great expectations. Tricia found and secured a Trillion cut Tanzanite that we sent to Sydney to have recut to optimum brilliance. The stone, originally cut for maximum weight, had a ‘window’ a term that describes a view through the gem, our skilled cutter can re-align the back facets to correct this fault, to great effect. The tilted three reflectors were intended to be opal but ended up as curved Pearl Shell pieces cut and mounted in 18ct Palladium White Gold. The entire ring is a wire construction that Barbara and Juan-Luis have well and truly perfected by now.

Here’s a transcript of the phone message left on the studio phone on the Sunday: “Tricia called with feedback from her son Laurie, he bought the original tanzanite directly from the mine in Tanzania -  just to tell you Laurie was stoked when he saw the ring, he nearly drove off the road! He said we’ve really hit new ground on this one. Such innovation. He’s so thrilled with it. Great success. Congratulations!” – Patricia Crowley.

Here are a few shots I took with it on the hand -1 -2 -3

I should have posted the first designs before the working construction shot of Elizabeth Enright’s ‘pinky’ Ring Friday, May 11 2012 

As you can see the first working designs Barbara prepared have changed as she got under way with the 18ct Palladium White Gold wire work, here is another shot of the highly reflective material, prior to setting and finishing up.

In the previous graphic I mentioned the Kunzite notes Barbara made to the team, in gemmological terms perfect cleavage describes the way gem material can part or separate along its own natural growth lines, this is primarily a consideration for the gem cutter but also a caution for the setter to be  mindful when applying pressure to the gem.

Two constructed rings in the making, here is the first one: Thursday, May 10 2012 

Linda’s new Barbara Heath enamelled ‘stitch’ interlocking rings that fit (and enhance) her favourite Hardy Brothers diamond ring Saturday, May 5 2012 

“Barbara has now made this very special ring into something that is truly me – it means that I can now wear it everyday” “In fact its better than I imagined, its perfect! I just adore it, thanks Barb” – Linda Nothdurft.

The two ‘raised stitch rings’ are in 18ct Palladium White Gold and enameled in Black with a secret studio finish.

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