How do you like our new ring sets shown Monday, Oct 5 2015 

Horizontal . . .

or vertical?

Ready to send to our stockists:

Top – © Bh Four Ring Set 18ct White and Yellow Gold. Round and square profile bands. Chrome Tourmaline Green and yellow Sapphires Brown Diamond.

Bottom – © Bh Four Ring Set 18ct Rose and Yellow Gold. Twist round and square profile bands. Pink Sapphire, Padparasha Sapphires Brown Diamond.

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.

Thanks Renai et al Thursday, Sep 17 2015 

“Thanks Mal, We are very excited about this new purchase for the collection.The works will be found in Mater Private Springfield Hospital and in Mater Health Services Art Collection.” –  Best Renai Director, Independent Arts Management, P O Box 7648 EAST BRISBANE Q 4169. 0411 484 222

Maise and Bab’s Garden Sketchbook – detail
When Marian and Barbara were thrown together for the MOB – ‘silver’ initiative it smacked of fun and they were delighted. Many people loved this work and it was offered to someone special, this week it was sold via IAM, well done ladies! This studio shot was taken by mal E early in the piece:

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?

Additional work on a commission from Hong Kong completed and delivered Tuesday, Sep 15 2015 

We have covered this commission previously, Wendy sent back the bracelet asking:

“Dear Barbara and Malcolm, Today I sent the cuff to you via Speedpost.  Should arrive on May 7.  Would you please be so kind as to let me know when you receive it.  We are out of Hong Kong after May 12 until June 8. This sample of the boar tile that you sent Malcolm typifies the rougher element we originally hoped for. With regard to the new leather band perhaps you could send a photo of the leather before re-constructing the cuff?  I am anticipating something in a slightly softer leather, the colour to be lighter and more variegated so it looks a bit worn and, if possible, 1/4 inch wider though that was not in the original brief.  Only if possible to do this since you are re-making it anyway. Again many thanks for this consideration. Best regards, Wendy.”

Barbara dismantled the cuff, initiated a search for a local leather maker, bought more leather samples and started into the medallion with surface punches to (age) the piece. We reported back at each stage and finally sent off the piece for a second time. And yes, the feedback was music to our ears . . .

Second daughter turns 21 – special commission number 2 via email Tuesday, Sep 15 2015 

Long time clients and commissioners, the Phillips family at Avalon NSW have initiated another ring discussion – Hey Barbara, Hi and I hope all is well.  Well number 2 daughter is turning 21 on 7th September and I wondered it you would be interested in creating a ring for her.  We have another old ring with some diamonds in it from Garry’s mother and a small ruby which Garry bought home from one of his trips. This daughter (and there are 2 more after this) is tall, blond and strong, physically and personality, a little loud and a bit quirky (if that is the word). She is at Uni doing nursing/arts and loves fashion.  She is actually her grandmother reincarnated (I’m sure, never wrong, slams car doors, an off beat sense of humour). Please let me know what you think. Cheers Flick”

Short time frame, I send down overnight a plastic finger measurer which comes back size-locked with the gem and the old ring as a concept starter. We quickly review and send sketches, most designs will exceed the budget allocated but Barbara pushes on knowing it will end up right for the family.


A carved and textured band with floral settings and chunks of older rings with settings intact, merged with the © Bh band. Ruby, Diamonds, 9ct rose gold and intact platinum setting merged with band.

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:

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