Handmade hook and eye clasp finished these two necklace commission Thursday, Aug 23 2018 

Every visit by Margaret Myers incorporates different materials from her and Bob’s interesting travels and lives . . . “re-create two necklaces using as much of these as I can comfortably wear, please Barbara”? yum! Antique untreated turquoise, corals, lapis lazuli and numerous shaped silver Indian trade beads. Barbara did the threading and I had the opportunity to work out the bead placements + Barbara’s handmade hook and eye clasps in 925 silver.

Commissioned ‘middle finger’ gem ring Saturday, Aug 11 2018 

O K for starters, the brief came from a Melbourne academic whose friend has a big gemmy ring by Barbara. Naomi loved the heaviness of it – the chunky gold, the multiple different shaped and coloured stones, and the sense of medieval reliquary it has. Then followed the caution – “find a solution that doesn’t replicate my friend’s ring” . . . I’ve counted 29 gem option scans, multiple response files and further options and design files as part of our extended communications.

Here is the final job description: © Bh Commissioned Renaissance gem ring for Naomi – Multi gem ring has her round brilliant cut large Garnet 1=4.17ct in central rub over setting with three smaller rub over set gems; round brilliant cut Spinels 2=1.05ct and a trillion cut green Sapphire 1=0.97ct in triangular symmetry interspersed with Naomi’s round brilliant cut Sapphires 3=0.26ct in rectangular sections. Broad tapering band has carved strap detail to shoulders. Ring dimensions 22x23x6.5mm. Size Q. Subtle detail to setting sides. Matt and burnished finish. 18ct yellow gold.

Here is our client’s response when the ring arrived yesterday:

“Barbara I have received it and I love it! Thank you so much – it’s breathtaking, really. What a moment when I unwrapped it!! It’s so heavy and decadent – exactly what I had hoped for, and right on brief. My son immediately said it was like a fortune-teller’s ring, which I also thought was pretty great.”

“So: Thanks for persevering with me and making the process so careful and exact, such that we ended up with this fantastic outcome! Very best, N”

Here is her selfie shot attached:

Commissioned ‘diamond row ring’ with all her recycled family diamonds off to Sydney client Friday, Aug 10 2018 

Two princess cuts and five baguette diamonds equally spaced around the 18ct rose gold, hand made band with individual 18ct white gold rub over settings © Bh 2018.

Barbara posted the small movie of this on her Instagram @barbyheath and to date it has had 489 views and a similar ring request from a Melbourne client to source three larger diamonds.

 

Lovely card from a recent home stay Friday, Aug 10 2018 

His house always has a room available for friends, we were so chuffed to make our spare room available for him recently. His divine card of appreciation (cover detail above) was a delight to read as was his illuminated conversation about most things here that caught his eye. We love the exchange of old-world cards.

Sonia Dooney’s aquamarine and lace ring back in the studio and to be collected today Friday, Aug 3 2018 

Worn every day since since its creation – second time in eleven years its been back to the bench for setting checks . . . ready for another 60,000 kms