We are finding it hard to make new stock for retailers Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 

. . . as multiple commission requests and a large public art project have taken up almost all the time and energy available. Nevertheless the studio still manages to recreate some of our ‘heroes’ when we lose them to customers, this new Mother of Pearl dress ring has just been handed to me to scan and cost for consignment. With our annual ‘studio sale’ planned for the first weekend in December I know that this ring will not be going anywhere until the sale.

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.

 

Edwardian era inter-changable jewellery into the studio for research and repair Thursday, Oct 9 2014 

Oval cabochon ring set (above) and oval cabochon Pendant set (below). Both sets are complete in their presentation boxes (but sadly sans retailer’s marks). The ring and pendant chain are now ready for wearing again. Thanks to Janette Wiley for bringing these into the studio.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

“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

 

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.

Busy week of designs and makes although I can only post the items collected Friday, Apr 11 2014 

The first Keshi pearl with the ‘another time’ band and black enamel fusion over 18ct yellow gold, sold to someone at the studio sale who managed to fit it on. It was spotted earlier at our GOMA sale day but unfortunately he couldn’t fit it on. A larger master was created and also our best large gold Keshi pearl was selected. Collected on Thursday this week. See the comments section for the feedback received.

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