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.

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”!

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:

Articulated earrings designed by a client and using her own Briolettes Wednesday, Jun 18 2014 

Our friend and client in Sydney does gemmology in her spare time and sources excellent material and dreams up designs that Barbara and her bring into the world. These earrings were devised using her own christmas tree decorations as a starter. 9ct palladium white gold and Aquamarine briolettes.

New Tapered Box Earrings with fancy cut Lemon Quartz © Bh 2014 Sunday, Jun 8 2014 

These ‘millenium’ cut quartz gems have been in the collection since 2000 when we snagged them from an Ider Oberstein dealer. Green and Lemon quartz with fancy back cuts and cabochon tops. I just liked to show them off and then Barbara just swept them up and created these ‘tapered box’ settings in 925 silver and 18ct yellow gold tab settings. Marie-Louise Theile snapped them up on Friday, direct from the studio – well done to everyone. Green versions remain – but not for long . . .

Small comfortable subtle and always asked for at ‘studio sale’ – domed and partial polished Hexagon earrings © Bh Friday, Dec 13 2013 

This is the second change-over from posts we have done since the sale last weekend. The Hexagon range has singles, articulated doubles in all golds silvers and combination finishes, in fact Anne Harper dropped in today to collect her coral bracelet restring wearing her matted double gold ones.

John commissioned these asymmetric gem enhancers and Barbara’s beautifully hand made hinged sleepers in solid 18ct yellow gold Saturday, Nov 23 2013 

Trish Honeywill’s birthday is next Friday and they collected these today . . . a terrific mixture of studio gems and ones that Trish has picked up from us over time + her diamonds from two older rings – all together now in super ‘holbein knot’ and ‘lace’ © Bh rub over settings. Diamonds 2=0.35ct Carved Moonstone 1=4.12 ct Ruby 1=0.03ct Hartz Range Zircon 1=0.24ct Ceylon Sapphire 1=1.74ct.

20 contemporary jewellers now show at Fio Contemporary Jewellery and Design in Brisbane’s James Street fashion district Saturday, Nov 23 2013 

The show opened last night and was a great energetic affair (we all enjoyed local Teneriffe hand made Ales by Green Beacon & food spread by Pennisi Food Deli) – Matt requested that Barbara not show any work similar to our other retail outlets in Brisbane. Barbara and the ‘Jeweller to the Lost ‘s studio have created new minimal wearables with our Lapis Lazuli gem stock. Two pair of earrings and ring and a (detail) of the ‘hero’  large brooch. The five ‘silver’ precursors Barbara started into prior to the collaboration with Marian Drew have also been consigned. Shop 6/65 James Street Fortitude Valley Q 4006.

A client flew up from Sydney to do her usual 7 briefs,  last week, took one look at these and requested her own version of the centre flower planter and has started to select gem stones as the flowers. Largest unit 96mm H – all solid 925 sterling silver © Bh 2013. High-res here.

A birthday gift commission – © Bh Earrings to match her peridot necklace Friday, Sep 6 2013 

We are always in trouble . . . we forget to make clip-on versions of earrings Thursday, Aug 29 2013 

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