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.

 

Just purchased the family albums and scrap books from two early, sophisticated Brisbane families – all intact thanks to the dealer who found them Sunday, Aug 16 2015 

I’m always torn between leaving these family photographic records intact or breaking up the contents into the folders I have of local studio photographers. I’m fortunate to have boxes of just lovely blank albums also. The scrap albums are quite fantastic also, the earliest one is the largest format and each page must be 600gsm stock, stitch bound with the most bright Victorian lithography. As I work through this hoard I’ll scan and post highlights – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8  – thanks to Michael Allen for thinking of me.

04/08/2015 – unusual weather over the entire eastern states of Australia Sunday, Aug 16 2015 

Snow fell in Tasmania right down to ground level, it blanketed everywhere – another neighbour sent us a shot of our Tunbridge shop & residence:

15 days after our best-ever sales result at GOMA winter sale, I’m back posting new work Sunday, Aug 16 2015 

Earrings © Bh 2015 Block Tabset polished Onyx discs (20mm Dia) 18ct yellow gold with oxidised 925 Silver

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.

Barbara’s Hobart show still on until the 20th July 2015 at Handmark Gallery, Tasmania. Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 

Noel Frankham opened the show with his usual ‘informed frankness’ . . . we have known him for ages now and his warm words touched many hearts. Supper later at the Dopson’s residence was also warm and cheery. Last weekend’s Mercury had well researched full page article on Barbara and her ‘midlands lepidoptera’ work penned by Stephanie Eslake. We both spent time with Warwick Oakman in Hobart, our house at Tunbridge and a super lunch up at the Interlaken Estate with Libby  and her guests. More work at Tunbridge with best buddies; Allan Cooper and Grattan Whitney. One trip to the Central Highlands to visit the Pine Lake and the 1000 year old pencil pines (-3 degrees that day). Here are the three larger wall sculptures all at the same scale:

Antique porcelain shards in textured bronze and wall hanging plate © Bh 2015 The Handmark web is here for viewing the entire show.

A reminder for 2015 mid-year studio sale tomorrow Friday, Jun 19 2015 

Andrea Higgins shot us together in a series for “Sufferance” at the State Library of Queensland back in 2005 where we showed our stainless steel artist book.

Classic © Bh pieces from the past, returned baubles from retailers and new work can be purchased Saturday June 20 from the garden studio 9:00am to 5:00pm. This is one of two sales we run per year and the one tomorrow is invitation per social media and our client’s email spread only. Our yearly report to commissioners and the usual snail mail invite will appear for our December sale . . . hope to welcome client’s and their friends tomorrow.

Five images from last Friday’s “stories in small spaces” opening Tuesday, Jun 9 2015 

above) Liana Heath; who opened the show – Artisan’s CEO, with artists – (myself) mal E, Adele & Wim from Studio West End. b) Barbara Heath – with Lucy Bligh and Chris Bligh. c) Artists and collectors of both our work; Dr Gael Phillips, Nina Drake and Lynn French. d) Artists – Graham Bligh, Geoff Thompson and Caroline Fewtrell. e) Another person we admire who we hadn’t seen for ages, Rachel Apelt: artist, psychotherapist and ‘cultural, historical and environmental consultant’ at the Brisbane City Council.

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.

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