This matching set of trillion-cut Rubellite Tourmalines have sat in the gem collection for the last nine years Wednesday, Sep 2 2015 

Originally sourced from “Mr Coloured Gem” – George Palos, numerous clients and Barbara alike have circled them in anticipation . . . but our Sydney client swooped when on a recent commissioning visit. It was simple: “make me a pair of those beautiful Buds that just hang so well”. ” This round brilliant cut Argyle diamond, can you source and match another one and make them the central element + your lovely 18ct yellow gold constructions”.

Commission Earrings © Bh 2015  Set of eight matching trillion-cut Rubellites 8=5.88ct in four petal openwork ‘Bud’ design with single round brilliant cut Argyle diamonds 2=0.32ct at centre. Hinged hook with safety catch. Hand constructed 18ct yellow gold. Approx 15mm diameter.

There are a few significant factors here: First, you just can’t go out and buy eight matching stones, these were sourced and cut under the gemologist’s keen scrutiny (thanks George). Although the “Bud’ design was originally created by Barbara and brought to realisation through a series of clever tension cuts to the petals by Juan-Luis in the studio. The actual realisation of this commission was via a domed and pierced gold plate which became a floating setting for the Rubellites. The angles, the balance, the measured and secure clasp are all studio secrets.

 

The second ring of four delivered yesterday Wednesday, Aug 26 2015 

Our client, a retired dermatologist, had already spent months of research into why all her white gold rings were setting off an allergic reaction.
Barbara and her client worked further on her finding the presence of Iridium either in the metal mix or as a component of the solder was the culprit.
Our metal suppliers complied with their own review, no Iridium present in our metal mix.

Barbara made a simple ring for our client to trial – a  road test of sorts.
We are in the process of deconstructing all her rings now and have set about redesigning them.
The studio found excess solder lapping the ring joints in her older jewellery, made by a local jewellery retailer.

The word came back after a trip abroad – no reaction to our band.
So we started the first remake of her five stone engagement ring. Created in a ‘London Bridge’ © Bh design and precision construction in the studio to seat all the diamonds in a perfect arc.
The finishing and setting required no soldering whatever.

Two down and two to go . . .

This Saturday August 1 is the mid-year GOMA ‘winter design market’ – we will be there 9:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday, Jul 28 2015 

We will be there with our usual generous metal jewellery, our yummy gem stock at (below wholesale) for one day only + new works (at wholesale) recently returned from Barbara’s Tasmanian show – “Midland’s Lepidoptera”. Do please spread the word and we hope to see you!

Chrysanthemum earrings since 1987 and still going strong © Barbara Heath 2015 Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 

This latest pair were commissioned 10 years ago and lost – remade to Dawn’s original specs on her job sheet and sent to New South Wales, today.

There are two sizes made in various metals and finishes, with and without gems. Pictured is the small version, in 18ct Palladium White Gold with round brilliant cut Diamonds.

The same day that the previous commission was collected from the studio we received excited texts from Freemantle in Western Australia – two more commissions were collected at the post office, there. Tuesday, Jun 9 2015 

1) Barbara’s © Bar and Ring clasp is such a successful solution to stringing pearls and beads . . . worn to the front as a statement. Susan’s favourite oval moonstone set in an Argentium rub over setting and her Mother’s Akoya pearl strand reduced to a choker length, knotted and restrung.

2) Little finger signet ring set with a single old cut diamond from Susan’s Great-Grandfather. Design has the diamond set low, in an oval textured cartouche on a new style reeded band in 18ct palladium white gold.

Wendy’s two rings + Nigel’s interlocking set © Bh 2015 + two older style links Saturday, Jun 6 2015 

Platinum wedding band, double leaf lattice with Rubies.

Interlocking squares & circles, newer low version.

Visitors to the studio wishing to commission have two resources to use at the brief stage – our viewable records of makes and styles are all on the blog which are used night and day by people all over the world, the two below which were precursors for the rings above. The other resource we use are the three boxes full of silver models that show bands, settings and styles. These are used by Wendy George & Nigel Wilson during their meetings with Barbara to envisage their wedding ring commission. I hadn’t met them until the handover ceremony, I sit behind a wall (unseen) and listen intently as objects are viewed, tried on and I hear all the accompanying excited reactions by folk as they receive their loaded jewels. Wendy & Nigel were just so thrilled I have to add, especially as he isn’t a ring wearer, he says . . .

June 2015 is indeed filling up with important dates, here is another one: Monday, May 25 2015 

Saturday June 14 (11:00am–5:00pm) is the ‘Study Day’ for the Society of Jewellery Historians at Haughton International Fairs: Art Antiques London.

Two of our fave raves- Jack Ogden and Hazel Forsyth are both speaking. Each society member can bring one guest for £35.00 so give us a call if you want admission.

The Spring Issue (#23) of “Jewellery History Today” just arrived and there is a small interesting article by Boris Gorelik drawing on hitherto unexplored sources from 1905–10 regarding the true story of the Cullinan Diamond. Pictured below is Joseph Asscher making the first cleavage in the said Diamond, 10th February 1908. Nine different gemstones were cut from the original found crystal and all are in the Queen’s ceremonial jewels. Every other tiny fragment from the crystal was returned to the National Geoscience Museum in Pretoria.

We have one London Asscher cut Sapphire in our studio stock, wonderful!

Commission via a phone call from out of the blue Tuesday, May 5 2015 

It is always a delight when old “Maker’s Mark” clients from Melbourne resurface, we did numerous commissions and sold from our range over a twenty six year period but never held their client’s names and addresses. Rosemary’s phone call led to an email which led to this remake of her husband’s interlocking ring set, this time in 9ct rose gold. They are chuffed, I’m chuffed to have their contact details now and another commissioner back into the fold.

there are boxes still, I admit . . . but I am outa there! Saturday, May 2 2015 

IMG_4933During the month of April 2015 I went from a filled storage space to a sparse cube!

Melt this 24ct gold, 1 ounce coin and make me a solid gold ring like my oval turquoise cabochon one Thursday, Apr 23 2015 

. . . and I want a large oval polished onyx piece set into the top!

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