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.

The next masterpiece for our long time commissioner known as ‘pink lady’ Tuesday, Dec 2 2014 

The ‘Black Garland Ring’ using recycled diamonds from her mother – in Barbara’s language: Commissioned (everyday) gem cluster design has close groupings of various sized discs, four diamond pavé, six diamond pavé, large round brilliant diamond and large oval brilliant diamond with three black shakudo discs – arranged in a low curve across the finger. All fitted to formed underrail and diamond set band of rounded tapering profile. Polished finish in 18ct palladium white gold.

Commissioned eternity ring collected today and on its way to Hobart soon Monday, Dec 1 2014 

The first ring commissioned by Cliff and Laura Hurburgh is fully covered in a previous post - here. 2007 seems a long time ago and seven years later we were delighted to receive an email and then a studio visit from Laura wanting more quality sapphires and diamonds for her next Barbara Heath piece. A very pleasant time looking at all the ring style models, internet images and wholesale gems here in the studio – another carved ‘London Bridge’ style, square and round stone array is designed, created, set and finished in time for the family’s move to Hobart.

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

 

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