The studio has completed three of the four rings in the set, two collected yesterday Friday, Nov 20 2015 

I have posted on this commission before, it is featured on our 2015 commissioner’s report also this year. Every diamond ring from her earlier life was scrapped and Barbara’s funky version of our ‘London Bridge’ design was chosen for her re-styled engagement ring (centre). The set is now extended with these two ‘Channel Set’ wedding rings, remade using all of her existing diamonds. This type of commission can invigorate a person’s future journey while retaining intimate material worn close for so many years . . . restyled . . . intimate . . . made fashionable again . . . future proof.

I have three other shots – onetwothree.

New © Bh ‘tapered block’ setting for South Sea pearl earrings – ready for our annual studio sale Sunday, Nov 15 2015 

Long drop White SP BW2 – round 12mm 18ct yellow gold with rbc champagne diamonds 2=0.32ct (left) Long drop Tahitian SB B – round 13mm 18ct palladium white gold (right) Background is a colour and size graduated South Sea pearl pendant commission awaiting the client’s viewing and collection.

Email requests are pouring in . . . advance dates for our ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ studio sale this year Saturday, Nov 7 2015 

School holidays and the usual exodus from Brisbane means that we miss some folk, we are going a week later this year. Please diarise these dates: SAT DEC 12 & SUN DEC 13 2015. The mailout is under construction, there are maybe 7 commissions still to be listed. I’ve finished the vision cull and this is the rear image for the snail mail piece reviewing the year.

*email me your home address if you have changed details in the last 12 months <>

The Barbara Heath interview with Richard Fidler yesterday created lots of interest and traffic to our email and blog Wednesday, Nov 4 2015 

Michele Ransom-Hughes works for the program and is a great Jeweller to the Lost supporter and friend. Those of you who know Barbara will know that she would always prefer to write than talk – this was no exception because it was an hour-long interview without knowing the questions.

The blog had 727 visitors yesterday with the average page clicks at 4.23 per visitor, the 2014 commissioner’s list was downloaded 37 times . . . our best day ever is 750 viewers, so well done Barby!

If you click on this link it will download to your mail application the RSS feed for the program –

Recycled briefs are so interesting in that – with design options and feedback they have their own journey Monday, Nov 2 2015 

What started with a request for designs for Mary’s mutton fat jade beads went in another direction, second meeting when her four beautiful old cut Diamonds and a pair of oval Ceylon sapphires dropped onto Barbara’s desk. “Maybe make a lovely pendant for my daughter-in-law with these, then?” Designs were drawn up, diamonds sourced and the task quoted.

Feedback suggested earrings would be more appropriate, additional design and quoting:

Commission ©Bh  – Drop Earrings with Mary’s old cut diamonds (4=1.2cts) and pair of oval Ceylon Sapphires (2=2.28ct). Delicate design as sketched has diamond set stud with post and butterfly fitting above linked drop diamond with linked Sapphire below. All settings in fine open backed four prong style. 18ct palladium white gold with polished finish. Length 20mm.


Pearls ruled in Brisbane last night, invitation only previews at Barbara Heath studio and the old museum building with Maxima by Paspaley Thursday, Oct 22 2015 

@barbyheath #jeweller_to_the_lost – one cabinet detail one bracelet – first set up shot:

Material taken from her Mother and Grandmother’s jewellery and remade into a more wearable ‘memento mori’ ring for herself Sunday, Oct 11 2015 

Barbara’s textured saddle ring is a perfect vehicle for adding elements, either our settings or material to be recycled. A fairly wide ring with texture and the ‘big up’ effect. Below are two profile shots and the last image shows the family elements remaining to be worked on . . .


Her sixteen pieces of old jewellery transformed into a new wearable necklet Wednesday, Sep 30 2015 

Barbara made the first ‘In-Line’ necklet to fully develop her idea using elements from her symbol language and quirky gems from our collection. Barbara made the first one for herself. Once the new necklace clasp and elements were resolved, we decided to retain it in the studio for visitors to see the concept. As we are spending the majority of bench time making for our studio commission clients, the opportunity to create big ticket stock items is limited. We have kept this concept as a “made to order” only.

Larger shot – here, snapshot on a jewellery shoulder – here . . . and a detail below:


Another solitaire engagement ring starting with the © Bh ‘moebius’ style and topped with a terrific diamond Tuesday, Sep 22 2015 

Marty and Phoebe started with diamond cluster ideas but ended up selecting an 18ct rose gold Moebius band, we are thrilled as quite a few young funsters have gravitated towards to this sinuous twisting style of late. Topped with a platinum rub-over setting and the band having a polished finish. The round brilliant cut supplied by the Jeweller to the Lost studio has a GIA certificate with a drawn profile of the actual proportions – nice!

Phoebe’s first Instagram post is below: and a link to her second post – here.

Who is interested in coming to a “jeweller to the lost” studio – Pearl Evening? Tuesday, Sep 15 2015 

The studio has been quietly using up our pearl stock for the past 12 years and we just surfaced to look to replenish material – we are shocked at availability and prices asked, locally and internationally. We usually buy at the annual Tucson Gem Fair and from the Hong Kong suppliers we know and trust. We have reviewed the situation, world-wide and made contact with all the trusted wholesalers here.

We have scooped mainly South Sea Pearls, from Australian and Pacific origin and long prized as the most lustrous material. These days Fresh Water Pearls are so in demand for the burgeoning Chinese Market that much of that supply is remaining in China. Suppliers here are not replenishing their stocks because of the higher prices asked at the source. Like the carat diamond market roller-coaster created by the newly emerging Chinese market six to eight years ago – its happening with pearls now, as well . . . we have quite a few clients interested in meeting our best local contact for a session in the studio. The first 10 contacts who respond to this will be advised the time and place, hopefully a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening around the mid to end of October 2015.

Our guest supplier (who owned his own pearl farm in Tahiti) will give an over-view of the industry, quality insights and make his collection available for our client’s to purchase direct. Clients can then communicate with Barbara to design and quote their options at a later date.

My mobile is 0431 464 470 or email to <>

I have already filled five of the ten places, so be quick please?

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