English made (slave trade) dog necklace with original key and engraved name tag Saturday, Jan 30 2016 

Purchased at the recent MossGreen auction in Hobart, from the Stillwell collection. Our friend Warwick Oakman did the valuations for the collection and noted that these were extremely rare and made similar to the other collars made for the slave trade.

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Wedding rings for two young creatives (that made us feel young again) Tuesday, Dec 22 2015 

Marty  commissioned Phoebe’s engagement ring from the studio and they were both interested in our own wedding bands. Both Barbara and I had dates and time inside our rings and a few years later Barbara cut the rings and reversed the stamps to the outside of both rings. Our clients loved the stamping idea and selected the shaped bands and supplied the messages. I’ve processed the two movement shots that normally would be thrown away . . . just to offer some distraction and not show the world their ring’s actual content.

My friend and antique mentor – Bruce McLeod passed away in Sydney last Thursday Monday, Dec 21 2015 

Survived by his Jamacian wife Odette and his children who are all very well set up because of his astute buying and selling over his sixty year career. He was from Adelaide and I first met him in Brisbane when only a youngster working for Harcourt Howard. He went on to live in Trinidad, England and then Sydney where he ran his business from the matt black painted Victorian three story shop on South Dowling Street that was chokers with everything Chinese, European and English, of very high standards. He summoned me to Sydney one day tempting me with something he said he’s never offered to anyone else – the MacKenzie bookplate collection. I even knew where it was hidden in his shop but had never asked him what was in the timber leather bound boxes that looked more like books. Many of our Sydney friends have become his clients after we have introduced him to them – Vale my friend “Brucie” . . .

Every year the jewellers do these little “quickies” . . . 2015 hand punched studs Tuesday, Dec 15 2015 

925 silver and 18ct yellow gold hand forged and stamped with posts and butterflies

I’ve only just received these two shots from my daughter, Elizabeth Enright Thursday, Dec 3 2015 

I dropped her off to the 2015 Melbourne Cup gig in her black 911 she calls ‘the shadow’ . . . then she promptly won “Best Dressed” on the day. Most of our commission clients who attend our annual studio sales have met Lil as she in attendance on these important days. Barb and I (and her Mom, Janis) are so impressed with her people and social skills, her business development and the position she has risen to in her chosen field . . . we LOve you Lil!

She wears Barbara’s © ‘Gem Cluster’ earrings so well also.

QAG|GOMA christmas market day Sat November 28th 2015 Sunday, Nov 29 2015 

We were very happy to bump-in our studio stock for this one day event, well attended even though there were other events close by: The CBD had a “Brisbane climate march”, An ‘etsy’ craft market in the City Hall. Heiser Gallery had an opening for “Bandwagon” showing Robert Moore, Reg Mombassa, Jeff Raglus, Stephen Mok. A private “baby shower” that drew some of our regular clients. Certain hard core mates showed up after those events as well . . .

Very thrilled with all the sales and visitors, many who have also set down our studio sale dates as well.  (Sat December 12 and Sun December 13). Happy with the cross postings / likes via Facebook and Instagram and thanks to K.T. & Karl for sending a Julius pizza over for our lunch, so we managed to keep up a dual presence at our stand.

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 <male@co-opones.to>

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.
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/11/03/4344246.htm

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 – http://www.abc.net.au/local/podcasts/conversationspodcast.xml

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