Using the language of the customer, when they put on their new wedding rings in the studio she remarked “. . . we’re hooked up now” Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 

Glenys had seen a Bh ring made for a client and followed up with a call to the studio. Simon had been searching the web for his special ring, he had found an American site that did work with meteorites when he too visited the studio. Her dream was for something that was low-key and 18ct yellow to match her other rings. Barbara showed classy items from our coloured gem stock, different shaped cubic zirconia samples to preview before we then source Diamonds to match the request. Designing started with the great collection of bands in the range. The brief quickly evolved into the solution above.

Wedding ring commission © Bh. Moebius style band has single diamond 1=0.36ct (E colour SI1/SI2) in rub-over setting, diamond is set low into centre of ring. 18ct yellow gold. Matt and polished finish. Size L1/2

His dream was heightened when we showed him our own material from other worlds, meteorites from Russia, Chile, USA and Australia. Volcanic bubbles from the inner earth called Moqui balls from several continents.  Fulgerites from Ukraine and Russia plus our selection of mineral botroidal Hematites, as these look like they are from another planet. Discussions about wearability, dimensions and metal amalgams began but when Simon saw our Mokume Gane samples, that quickly sealed the second design solution.

Wedding ring commission © Bh Mokume Gane band  7.2mm wide 18ct palladium white gold ring has central inlaid 3.2mm wide section of linear pattern mokume gane (14ct palladium white gold with 925 Silver). Band has low curved profile and defined junction to inlaid section. Size S . Matt finish to outside with polished inside band.




I hear the wedding bells just looking at these two commissioned rings Saturday, Apr 12 2014 

Commission © Bh – John Ellway Hand fabricated wedding ring 5mm wide x 1.6mm thick band with low rounded inner and outer
profile Inlaid with shakudo x at opposite points on band Inside stamped detail AJ.14 Hammered finish 18ct rose gold Size T *review band prior to inlay of Shakudo

Commission © Bh – Amber Winter Hand fabricated wedding ring 2mm wide x 1.7mm thick band of high rounded profile to match
engagment ring. Inside stamped detail AJ.14 Hammered finish 18ct yellow gold Size K1/2 *Amber’s engagement ring required to match profile exactly

Partnering with a couple to achieve their ceremonial marker, their emotionally merged goal is a lovely thing.  Making manifest their vision into shaped and textured metal is also such a delight. Mostly this work comes from word-of-mouth where others suggest their friends should make contact with us. What goes around comes around.

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.

‘The Weekend Edition’ just posted the social pics from the opening of ‘silver’ at the Museum Of Brisbane, nice Friday, Nov 22 2013 

Which reminded me of this shot of the installation by Chelsea Sipthorp, supplied to Marian Drew and Barbara Heath of their artwork: “Maisie & Bab’s Garden Sketchbook” Click here for the larger downloadable image.

Also please note: The “silver’ panel discussion with Marian Drew & Barbara Heath is scheduled for 2:00pm Sunday 2nd March 2014 at the Museum of Brisbane.

Here is a detail of the work:


Delivered tomorrow – two © Barbara Heath ‘lace’ pieces, a pendant and cuff set in 18ct pink gold Thursday, Oct 24 2013 

Commissioned as a dual wedding gift. Our one-off ‘lace’ sphere pendant with a handmade Niobium cable with an 18ct gold precision bayonet clasp made for us by Christopher A. Hentz in Baton Rouge USA. The half round ‘lace’ cuffs have handmade chain and bars that have been perfected by the studio and are just the thing for single or double cuffs.

Liz Williamson’s ‘big up’ Grid Ring back to the way it was made Friday, Oct 18 2013 

This lovely Barbara Heath ring sustained a serious blow to the side and the entire double set of grids moved considerably. The task was to work out just what element had to be coaxed back first and then work to align all the angles. Handmade in 18ct yellow gold with oxidised 925 silver – sending this much loved and well worn ring home today in an express bag.

The ring on the right flew to Venice today, nice Tuesday, Sep 24 2013 

We are now noticing the third wave of designers, architects and creatives engaging with Barbara and the studio to make their life markers. Now in our fourth decade of creatively collaborating with commissioners, these two bright young sparks came to us with a well defined aesthetic – two wedding rings for a UQ student of art history and a masters of architecture student at QUT. Katie Themor flew to Venice yesterday to continue her research on the architecture of the old Jewish ghetto. Katie also works at the QAGoMA bookstore where she is involved in retailing our works on consignment. Jeremy Zigenbine works at KP Architects and is currently engaged on the new refurbishment of the Wickham in Fortitude Valley. Both rings were clearly briefed and executed to their specific requests – his textured ‘moebius’ style is a © Bh favourite while Katie’s ring, a narrow 1.5mm rounded band to suit her engagement ring – simple polished finish and both in 9ct yellow gold.

Another valuable edition to swell our library resource (and add more weight to the floor joists) Wednesday, Sep 11 2013 

Big surprise in the mail yesterday, the latest ‘Lark’ jewellery tome edited by Damian Skinner. Three separate sections breakdown this world-view focus on contemporary jewellery, dated 2013. Two authors we know have well articulated essays, Kevin Murray weighs in on the (7) spaces that hold jewellery’s attention and he also writes on ‘the political challenge’ to contemporary jewellery, today. Julie Ewington offers us the ‘Now and Then’ – a thinking essay on ‘the contemporary in art and jewellery. Barbara’s work is covered in the ‘Australasia’ section, again authored by Damian Skinner. Get down to Folio (Angelos) and the QAGoma bookstore (Peter) and ask them to secure your own copy . . . today.

mal E returned home safe today from two weeks work on our shop and residence at Tunbridge, Tasmania Friday, Aug 2 2013 

Our American friend and master carpenter, Kim Vagt and mal E powered on for 10 days straight – achieving great pressured results upstairs and downstairs. We prepared the ground and briefed Greg Edwards to create a replacement Georgian internal staircase to the exact proportions, to be repositioned exactly where the original one stood. We also contacted our original sparky to visit and plan the final stages of electrical installations to the building. A wide pano of the shop room has been uploaded to malE’s viewersite on Tumblr and can be downloaded – here.

5 sleeps to the GOMA winter design market, I am flat-chat pricing and tomorrow I do the tray shots to post to out-of-town clients Monday, Jun 17 2013 

In the meantime, one commission below has been waiting for collection for ages, (I can now post it I’m told). One commission jetted its way to Tasmania to a client who has four Bh commissions already, but the beau has to pop the question.  And finally on the weekend Janet Hogan, collected her new “bell earrings”, and added another commission to her tally . . .

A new twist on Barbara’s five leaf lattice ring with Ruby and Diamonds and 18ct Palladium White Gold.

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