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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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

 

“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.

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:

We head to Brunswick Heads as does retro and garage . . . + Fabulous Mrs Fox Monday, Sep 29 2014 

First thing Sunday we hit the road for two days in and around Brunswick Heads, northern NSW – freaky really.

End of school holidays, needing some massage, long walks and snooping shops . . . new restaurants and we meet an old (creative) acquaintance  of Barbara’s, Jo and her Wil of (William White Industries) and www.theclassicfamily.com.au

+ Louise at <re sould> who is a friend of Scott Redford via Bet & Janelle Watson

+ Bangalow and Milton Cater’s (carpet) boys

+ The great black West London gent at the Greek restaurant ‘fatbellyKaf’ in Brunswick Heads

+ best kept secret shop, Gabrielle’s Closet on the way home in Murwwillumbah

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.

The before and the after shots are always telling (telling me I shouldn’t try to do the impossible) Tuesday, Sep 23 2014 

French mercury gilded bronze and brass c1790–1820 is the last period of perfection. The case work is still robustly made with their steel and brass ties and nuts still substantial. The problem being two fold – removing the dirt and chemical residue remaining after time and abuse + finding all the bad repairs made over time to keep the case together.

The dial and bezel is in bad shape while the movement is totally rusted together. Dr Sal Rahman knows he has a particular divine clock and wants to spare no expense to have it restored, its the long period waiting that is the hardest.

This is a shot showing the clock and the studio garden.

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:

Kerry’s wedding ring remade into a Bracelet for Lloyd Sunday, Jun 29 2014 

Clients take us on their life journeys but we don’t feel like old bags . . . just excited to be part of their travel plans.

Intimate mementos recycled with intention + our own design language, reused + in this instance; a new solution for a mystery clasp with safety clip as required. Final shot taken by Barbara before the piece flew to Darwin – larger © Bh design with notes that was sent to the client.

Recycle her © Bh Topaz and 9ct gold leaf lattice ring into a Bracelet for Lloyd. Four rectangle links each have a four leaf motif from Kerry’s ring and further gold bead detail to each side, alternated with five square faceted block links; three having gold centre detail and two are set with round brilliant cut topaz. Bracelet has ‘mystery’ clasp with safety catch has further gold detail and set with brilliant cut topaz. Oxidised 925 Silver with textured detail and 9ct gold (as supplied). Length 19cm.

 

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