A family affair – studio commissions rather than random finds while Christmas browsing Saturday, Dec 20 2014 

Lyn Taylor’s brief sheet starts with the date 1/10/2014 and notes delivery in time for Christmas wrapping . . . something for daughter Kate and two things for Lyn. Her large lace dish earrings with x10 of her old cut diamonds, her rubies and recycle her three family rings, white enamel fusion in 18ct yellow gold with those easy-to-wear hooks that Barbara and Juan-luis do so well.

The studio buys back the gold, unsets the stones, weighs and notes the gem details and uses refined gold for its purity. The rings were possibly from early 1900s but the diamonds were from much earlier times, being old rose cuts probably recycled when the rings were made. The diamonds were lovely and clear as were the rubies. We sourced more 2.5mm rubies to get the symmetry right. A large .pdf is here.

Lyn’s wide ‘saddle style’ ring (detail below) with her gold filigree removed from old ring and reapplied to a new © Bh ring with oxidised silver finish.

Kates new ring below using her Amethyst, (11.5mm x 7mm scissor cut 1=3.00ct) set into a tapered rectangular box setting, fitted low for protection and held with x4 claws. Setting is fitted to © Bh ‘cheapside style’ band with each shoulder junction having a cluster of beads as detail in organic style – set with yellow Sapphires and Tzavorite Garnets. 9ct palladium white gold with burnished finish.

I’m busy scanning and preparing posts while the two jewellers slog away on the final makes for the year. A few dedicated commissioners have opted to wait until the new year. More studio visitors who have returned to family here have visited and picked up gifts – most work is reconsigned to our three retailers but we keep studio favourites here for the next five days, right up to Christmas eve.

Our annual ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ commissioners + friends, two day studio sale starts tomorrow at 10:00am Friday, Dec 5 2014 

Special makes, stock returned from retailers, some vintage 80’s and 90’s Barbara items, some gem fiends only concentrate on gem stock – everything at wholesale and less until the studio closes for the summer break. This annual event helps us clear the stock trays and assists new year metal and gem purchases, it also enables collectors and fans to stock up on another signature piece while others are here for three or more well-priced gifts.

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The next masterpiece for our long time commissioner known as ‘pink lady’ Tuesday, Dec 2 2014 

The ‘Black Garland Ring’ using recycled diamonds from her mother – in Barbara’s language: Commissioned (everyday) gem cluster design has close groupings of various sized discs, four diamond pavé, six diamond pavé, large round brilliant diamond and large oval brilliant diamond with three black shakudo discs – arranged in a low curve across the finger. All fitted to formed underrail and diamond set band of rounded tapering profile. Polished finish in 18ct palladium white gold.

Commissioned eternity ring collected today and on its way to Hobart soon Monday, Dec 1 2014 

The first ring commissioned by Cliff and Laura Hurburgh is fully covered in a previous post - here. 2007 seems a long time ago and seven years later we were delighted to receive an email and then a studio visit from Laura wanting more quality sapphires and diamonds for her next Barbara Heath piece. A very pleasant time looking at all the ring style models, internet images and wholesale gems here in the studio – another carved ‘London Bridge’ style, square and round stone array is designed, created, set and finished in time for the family’s move to Hobart.

Lovely article on our great friend and client – Roz MacAllan and her ‘kiss-a-fish’ cookery school article in the Mercury Thursday, Nov 20 2014 

The article in The Mercury is viewable - here

Roz is wearing her 18ct yellow gold cuttlefish cast bale © Barbara Heath, holding her huge South Sea pearl – a commission that we finished this year. Roz is also in her new cookery school apron sporting her new ‘kiss-a-fish’ logo designed by Jennifer Marchant, another friend and client. The cooking school is running in St Helens, mid east coast of Tasmania using mostly locally caught ocean produce – supporting another local call to action by Matthew Evans © SBS in his “what’s the catch” episodes on sustainably caught fish.

Also a shout-out to her main man in the enterprise – John Potter!

 

2014 commissioners powerpoint as a download Saturday, Nov 15 2014 

The viewersite.wordpress.com <pages> ) top left column – have all been updated

 

Place and Adornment – A history of contemporary jewellery in Australia and New Zealand Saturday, Nov 8 2014 

This well researched and much anticipated book is now available to everyone interested in the subject, across the divide from both directions. I’ve altered the cover of the book shot to show that the magic is out-of-the-box.

Barbara’s email to Kevin has been copied into this post, below. Published by Bateman ISBN – 978 1 869 53 820 0

Hi Kevin, Wow! really.” “I have been dipping in and out of this book – it would be curious to map a trail of my exploration…I started at the beginning of course, no that’s not quite true, of course I started by looking up my name in the index to hastily read the section on myself – an act which in itself reveals the enormity of your project from the outset – i.e. the number of artist egos you must have had to negotiate to gather all this material together. That fact alone is extraordinary and I/we all thank you for it. Anyway after finding my own story succinctly told and enjoying the subsequent wave of warm inclusion, I went to the pages on Ray Norman, my friend and mentor. I have had so many conversations with Ray and so often thought, ‘I must write this down’, so I loved reading about his early years couched within your overview of the context within which he was working. Here was both a revelation and a re-iteration of the familiar – I felt gratitude again for details recorded. Praise the archivist.” “But also I began to get a sense of this quality of dispassionate overview; the placing, recording and grouping, the timeline and the larger cultural themes. Its like having a key to unlock the story of one’s own category…the fascination of looking through the other end of the telescope.” “So then I focussed on the Australian segments and thought , mmm maybe I’ll read the NZ parts later… but quite quickly (good plan to have each section flow back and forth across the ditch seamlessly) I got hooked into the whole. So…I am hooked and enjoying the ride tremendously – and wanted to let you know sooner rather than wait until I get to the end.” “I hope you are both receiving mountains of praise for what we know to be a considerable amount of labour. More in due course,” “Cheers and love from Barbara”

Kevin adds that he has started another blog to post all the material taken from texts prepared but not included in the final published work + updates – http://placeandadornment.tumblr.com

 

Brad couldn’t wait until Christmas eve either . . . Friday, Nov 7 2014 

Krista is a viewersite blog follower and Brad and I decided to hold back on publishing the image above. I did it so he could see his commission just prior to sending it off to Sydney. See the comments panel for more of the conversation & search this blog for the other fabulous pieces of Barbara’s jewellery that she owns, including one of the first pairs of 18ct yellow gold handmade hinged sleepers. “Happy Christmas for last night”!

“Bespoke pieces of Jewellery are part of your history and will tell that story forever. I’m not sure that an expensive handbag will do the same” – Loquet, London from The Times 5/11/2014 Thursday, Nov 6 2014 

Umm . . . that’s our little trade secret also – a one to many relationship with clients,  it separates “Jeweller to the Lost” from the masses of Fashion High Street customers.

Early November every year I sift through the commissioner’s data to create our list, to thank those who dare to be different. The list this year is so delightfully long, I have even counted another x16 job bags pending, for people who are not rushed. Client’s who trust Barbara and Juan-Luis to get around to it when their turn comes.

 

“The It bag is dead – long live diamond bracelets, gold necklaces and gem encrusted rings and bracelets.” ” What is different today is how women are increasingly turning to jewellery to transform their wardrobes.” “Of course it helps that fine jewellery is back in Vogue.” “Jewellery designers continue to push the boundaries with precious stones. Bashing them, chipping away at the edges to create a stealth-wealth badge.” – There you have it, our customers who really get it spend hours here with our wholesale gem collection planning and pushing the ideas before pulling out their card to commit to another wearable investment.

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.

 

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