Just costed and consigned these to the upcoming ‘mayo’ festival at St Margaret’s Friday, May 6 2016 

Barbara makes everything locally with Juan-Luis, her other permanent studio jeweller and Dimitar, our off-site back-up. Keeping up stock to our three retailers is hard these days as our lovely ‘commission’ clients are now initiating jewels into their family’s third generation. Most new business comes from word-of-mouth and my daughter’s extended set of fashionistas . . . these flower earrings usually go as soon as they are seen out and about.

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Earrings – flower ‘daisy’ plain 9ct yellow gold pink fresh water pearl central hook

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Earrings – flower ‘daisy’ plain 925 silver pink fresh water pearl central hook

 

An impressive orange ‘Melo Pearl’ weighing 68.75 carats and measuring 20.6mm x 24.0mm; together with the original bailer shell in which the pearl was formed Wednesday, May 4 2016 

June 14, 2000 at the King Street premises of Christies auctions – sale #6325/lot#127 – the price realised amounted to $28,332.00 + the 17% vat.

Surprise, the conch shell was scooped from the pacific ocean in a fishing net near (K’gari) Fraser Island in March 1990. It took ten years to get to market, I wonder how many hands it passed through on the way? Got to wonder who purchased it and what they have done with it . . . sitting in a safety deposit box or set to be worn? Barbara wonders how she would have responded to the owner’s brief?

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It is a common misconception that pearls are only produced by the pearl oyster. Some of the largest and most beautiful pearls, known as ‘melo’ pearls, are produced by the Melo Volute. These marine gastropods tend to congregate in deep waters but numbers are limited due to ecological influences. The pearls are produced within the protective polished interior of the shell, which accounts for the well-matched characteristic fibrous surface and the orange hue of both the pearl and the shell.

There is a lack of information on these gems, partly due to the fact that, for centuries, they have had greater appreciation in the East rather than the West. Christies believed that this was the first time a ‘melo’ pearl and its host have been offered together as a complete entity in a sale – subsequently realising a further £6,000.00 over their high estimate figure.

The Neville Bonner building is being demolished to make way for the new Queen’s Wharf precinct Wednesday, May 4 2016 

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After only 16 years of life, multiple architectural awards, our site-specific sculpture entitled ‘net’ and many other public artworks in situ are now in limbo. Although owned by the Queensland Government we do have artist’s moral rights to the work. We do have a say as to its future use and placement when that time comes. Our original curator, Jacqueline Armitstead is working on every artist’s behalf at this time to see a legitimate outcome for all the artworks.

The building’s demise as reported:

Name tower of power after Neville Bonner:

The LNP Opposition has a Labor ally in Curtis Pitt. But only when it comes to continuing to honour the nation’s first indigenous person to become a member of the federal parliament. Neville Bonner, an elder of the Jagera people, became the first indigenous Senator in 1971 when he was chosen to fill a casual Liberal vacancy, and the first indigenous Senator to be elected in their own right by popular vote in 1972 up until 1980, finishing up in the Senate in 1983 as an independent.  In 1999 the award-winning Neville Bonner building was officially opened. It houses the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Come 2017 it is slated for demolition as part of the Queens Wharf precinct along with the Executive Building and the next door Public Works building. The federal electorate of Bonner was named for the state’s groundbreaking politician in 2004, but Opposition state development spokesman Tim Nicholls said Mr Bonner deserved further recognition.

“When we see the demolition of the old Neville Bonner building, that 1 William Street, which of course is the catalyst for this development, being renamed perhaps the Neville Bonner building in honour of a great Liberal Senator, the first indigenous Liberal Senator coming from Queensland,” he said. And Treasurer Curtis Pitt, who holds the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships portfolio, agreed. “I think people across all sides of politics have the greatest respect for Neville Bonner and in fact, I myself got to serve as the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships in the Neville Bonner building and have my office there – it certainly wasn’t lost on me the significance of that,” he said. “Given that the Neville Bonner building will be demolished as part of the overall re-development in terms of Queen’s Wharf, clearly there is going to need to be some recognition, on-going, of Mr Bonner’s great contribution to public life in Queensland. “Of course, it is not a decision that I can make, but I, of course, like many people, want to see that legacy that he has left in Queensland is recognised in some way going forward. “Mr Bonner’s great-niece, Queensland Senator Joanna Lindgren, said her late uncle would have approved of the progress represented by the Queens Wharf development. “The building named after him, that currently stands in the Queens Wharf precinct is from another generation and Uncle Neville would be the first to say that progress is needed,” Senator Lindgren said. “I would be very honoured if the new executive building is named in his memory, and I am also very pleased that with the removal of the old building, a great initiative of redevelopment and job creation implemented by the former LNP government can commence. “1 William Street, nicknamed the “tower of power”, is still without an official name.  The government and larger public service departments are due to move in next year, with the building scheduled for completion at the end of 2016. BRISBANE TIMES JULY 2015

The future as envisioned in (1), (2), (3) and (4) renderings. The architectural fraternity is quite polarised by this proposal, it will see one of our earliest colonial buildings entirely covered by street  scape.

Three new pairs of Barbara’s successful © ‘Tapered Box’ earrings just finished Friday, Apr 29 2016 

Earrings ‘tapered box’ © Bh – princess cut 9mm Topaz 2=8.0ct – oxidised 925 silver – claw set 18ct yellow gold – post and butterfly fittings. I could rattle off the names of many clients who count on these as everyday wear. The other two pairs in bright silver boxes with 18ct yellow gold setting tabs have the lighter gem tones of Aquamarine and green Quartz.

 

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As soon as we make one of these, they seem to go home with someone Friday, Apr 29 2016 

Every time one of these is finished we wonder who will end up with it? These questions are never answered until the object is finally sold. Barbara’s latest Bib Necklace: this one is graced by a beautiful antique white jade Pi disk from Burma and two hand forged Silver symbols linked to the flat shaped and hammered neck pieces with her signature bar and ring clasp – all solid 925 bright Silver © Jeweller to the Lost, Brisbane.

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Our retailers are gearing up for 2016 ‘Mother’s Day’ – the Artisan on-line shop is up and running Friday, Apr 22 2016 

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New asymmetric Necklace and Pendant 925 Silver ‘rolo’ chain, long lozenge Onyx beads, solid Silver ‘melt’, rail and tab set tear drop Dendrite Quartz pendant, 18ct yellow Gold and oxidised Silver, Cartier clasp – purchase direct here (thanks to Jaala and everyone at Artisan, Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane.

Commissioned platinum wedding rings going into service real soon Thursday, Apr 21 2016 

Holly’s wedding ring on the right was designed and made to match her wonderful diamond solitaire engagement ring Barbara and Juan-Luis made in 2014. Seen here on the left is Josh’s © Bh ‘Mobius’ style wide band. Lovely couple, lovely commissions from a large extended family who are studio favourites.

Another few shots of the new faceted spinel and diamonds chunky pavé © Bh dress ring Thursday, Apr 21 2016 

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This one is a scan on the flatbed showing the gold well

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This one is a micro handheld on the Fujifilm S3500

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Large faceted Spinel, chunky pavé set with diamonds Thursday, Apr 14 2016 

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Barbara calls this her “dandy’ ring, large oval dress ring in 18ct yellow gold going to the Mayo Festival coming up next month at St Margarets, Ascot in Brisbane.

Commissioned ‘Bud’ style © Bh earrings ready to collect Tuesday, Apr 12 2016 

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Barbara’s © Bud earring design has four open sculpted petals holding a tension set gem – usually square (sometimes cushion cuts) 9–10mm stones. Entirely handmade, the earring has a hinged french hook that snaps neatly into its safety clasp. Considered details unique to this design allow the earring to face forward, perfectly balanced. This set in 9ct palladium white gold with lovely dark synthetic Rubies 2=7.67ct.

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