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 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 a 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:

Honeywill holiday snapshot – nice, no Milano . . . Wednesday, Aug 6 2014 

From memory this is the first © Bh ring John commissioned for Trish. From viewing John’s Italian holiday pics, this is only one of many chairs lined up at the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan for viewing Italian masters’ works. I wonder if any small pieces of antique terracotta managed to become stuck in her sandals? We might have another commission, then?

His next commissioned ring ready for collection in the morning Friday, Aug 1 2014 

I have a nice single shot but have opted for a combo and Barbara’s design rendering . . . another sensitively considered commission in partnership with a designer and a maker who go all the way to satisfy the client’s dream. I guess that says it plainly.

 

 

We sold this large oval faceted (unusual) coloured Topaz to a client in Melbourne over the telephone Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 

Our Sydney friend and gem dealer, Gerard Walsh showed us this gem and malE said he had a client who would buy it in a flash only she resides in Melbourne. We called and offered it for our buy price as we would surely gain a commission to present such an eye-opener – and we sold it over the telephone.

Here is the description “Large oval faceted Topaz with unusual colour characteristics, from a gemological perspective this stone shows combinations/locations of colour centres in the crystallographic structure of the stone. 1=63.77ct L 28.6mm x W 22.5mm D 10.9mm”  Not a Swiss blue and not a London Blue but with its own unique colour.

Hand made setting in raised ‘Leaf Lattice Basket’ design © Bh in Argentium Silver with Barbara’s signature ‘S Hook’ clasp with added ‘Leaf Lattice’ elements. Strung with Mary-Anne’s own graduated Baroque Pearl strand. This lovely necklace jets away today to Melbourne to join many more Barbara Heath pieces in her collection.

 

GoMA Store Winter Market, Saturday July 19 2014 ova and out Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 

Two days before this event I went under to have x12 sun cancers cut out of hands, neck and face and missed the fun and excitement. David Patterson helped with the bump-in, Elizabeth (Lil) supported Barb until 1:00 and K.T. Doyle did the afternoon session until 4:00 – then Karl assisted with the bump-out. For the first time I didn’t manage to post an email spread or a blog post and have received a few complaints . . . sorry folks! I also didn’t realise just how much I actually do to get the show on the road. Great customer feedback and terrific sales + some FB posts from supporters.

 

 

Seven shots taken by Juan-Luis with his makeshift additional lens on his iPhone Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 

Mathilda’s © Bh textured bracelet to hold her Barbara Heath charm collection – her eleventh birthday gift commissioned by her Mum, Kirsti Simpson.

“Hi, I’m calling from Perth, Western Australia – our friend Katherine Kalaf said I should call you about an engagement ring . . .” Sunday, Jun 29 2014 

This commission involved his fiancé’s best friend, our long-time friend and ex-retailer in Perth, Michael himself, his Dad as catcher for the finished ring and Barbara/Juan-Luis and mal E, as I managed the process and set up the gem selection to match the budget and brief. A few nights spent scanning this blog for styles, emails, requests for a gem selection to be sent and finally a design and quote that fitted the bill. A deadline set, a one third deposit paid and we were underway. Seems like Moebius rules at the moment . . . a larger shot of the final ring – click here.

Commission © Bh-  Engagement ring for Michael Tyler. Moebius style band has low bezel set pink Spinel cushion cut 1=0.82ct. 9ct palladium white gold with matt and burnished finish. Size M

 

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