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:

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.

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.

Terry Thomas once managed the Gympie Gold Mine, say no more . . . Friday, Sep 19 2014 

He commissioned Barbara to design and fabricate a table top to hold his captivating crystal specimen – patinated copper sheet.

Sometimes, conservation-wise less is more Wednesday, Sep 17 2014 

With this centenary of WW1 many public orientated organisations are presenting mementoes of service. A group of nurses from the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital – (Museum of Nurses History) . . . called the studio seeking assistance with objects in their care. This wonderful steel chatelaine has an intimate story but also shows surface breakdown due to rust and the previous storage environment. We suggested minimal intervention, first a scalpel was used to cut away the surface growth and burnish away the rust then brass brushing, cleaning with gum turpentine + olive oil and hand rubbing to bring up the patination. To be collected today and into their display tomorrow . . .

 

The studio remains intrigued by nature’s small jewellers Tuesday, Sep 16 2014 

Barbara has created pierced ‘lace’ work in wax and developed many versions of this technique for over 20 years now. We are also working on larger sculptural elements for a series of suspended works following this ‘lace’ theme called “new nature” but we remain in awe of this particular caterpillar’s edible art, recently found on Tumblr.

He bought her a large round brilliant cut diamond but she loved the idea of a square princess cut Tuesday, Sep 16 2014 

So Barbara designed and made her wedding ring over 20 years ago with a rather special setting, it showed the round diamond off in a square setting with Barbara’s usual abundant use of metal. A deep stone requiring a high cushioned setting – well we have been commissioned to cut away the stone, use the metal and create a new tapered offset ring and do a new gem encrusted band to accompany the new ring. Everything that went through the first ceremony stays intact for whatever the future throws up . . . we loved this sentiment and the brief from this long standing Melbourne client.

 

Strange to open the studio mid year for a sale, we learnt lots – a quick report Sunday, Aug 17 2014 

The once a year studio sale, end November each year for commission clients is a favourite. We have participated with the GOMA design mart since their inception and they now run twice a year. I posted to our blog and also sent out an email to our  list, 244 saw it the first day – eight good sales, four briefed commissions and countless people back afterwards incl people with repairs and a gem sold. So many people were reminded to visit as three customers remarked they have anniversaries coming up – spring is sprung!

Great interest with the new in-line necklet and one of Barbara’s ‘essential items’ – a hand made, solid gold hinged sleeper set. We are making up two pair and enhancers for one set. Here is a quick scan I prepared to show you Barbara’s own:

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