Just costed and consigned these to the upcoming ‘mayo’ festival at St Margaret’s Friday, May 6 2016 

Barbara makes everything locally with Juan-Luis, her other permanent studio jeweller and Dimitar, our off-site back-up. Keeping up stock to our three retailers is hard these days as our lovely ‘commission’ clients are now initiating jewels into their family’s third generation. Most new business comes from word-of-mouth and my daughter’s extended set of fashionistas . . . these flower earrings usually go as soon as they are seen out and about.

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Earrings – flower ‘daisy’ plain 9ct yellow gold pink fresh water pearl central hook

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Earrings – flower ‘daisy’ plain 925 silver pink fresh water pearl central hook

 

An impressive orange ‘Melo Pearl’ weighing 68.75 carats and measuring 20.6mm x 24.0mm; together with the original bailer shell in which the pearl was formed Wednesday, May 4 2016 

June 14, 2000 at the King Street premises of Christies auctions – sale #6325/lot#127 – the price realised amounted to $28,332.00 + the 17% vat.

Surprise, the conch shell was scooped from the pacific ocean in a fishing net near (K’gari) Fraser Island in March 1990. It took ten years to get to market, I wonder how many hands it passed through on the way? Got to wonder who purchased it and what they have done with it . . . sitting in a safety deposit box or set to be worn? Barbara wonders how she would have responded to the owner’s brief?

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It is a common misconception that pearls are only produced by the pearl oyster. Some of the largest and most beautiful pearls, known as ‘melo’ pearls, are produced by the Melo Volute. These marine gastropods tend to congregate in deep waters but numbers are limited due to ecological influences. The pearls are produced within the protective polished interior of the shell, which accounts for the well-matched characteristic fibrous surface and the orange hue of both the pearl and the shell.

There is a lack of information on these gems, partly due to the fact that, for centuries, they have had greater appreciation in the East rather than the West. Christies believed that this was the first time a ‘melo’ pearl and its host have been offered together as a complete entity in a sale – subsequently realising a further £6,000.00 over their high estimate figure.

Three new pairs of Barbara’s successful © ‘Tapered Box’ earrings just finished Friday, Apr 29 2016 

Earrings ‘tapered box’ © Bh – princess cut 9mm Topaz 2=8.0ct – oxidised 925 silver – claw set 18ct yellow gold – post and butterfly fittings. I could rattle off the names of many clients who count on these as everyday wear. The other two pairs in bright silver boxes with 18ct yellow gold setting tabs have the lighter gem tones of Aquamarine and green Quartz.

 

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As soon as we make one of these, they seem to go home with someone Friday, Apr 29 2016 

Every time one of these is finished we wonder who will end up with it? These questions are never answered until the object is finally sold. Barbara’s latest Bib Necklace: this one is graced by a beautiful antique white jade Pi disk from Burma and two hand forged Silver symbols linked to the flat shaped and hammered neck pieces with her signature bar and ring clasp – all solid 925 bright Silver © Jeweller to the Lost, Brisbane.

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Commissioned platinum wedding rings going into service real soon Thursday, Apr 21 2016 

Holly’s wedding ring on the right was designed and made to match her wonderful diamond solitaire engagement ring Barbara and Juan-Luis made in 2014. Seen here on the left is Josh’s © Bh ‘Mobius’ style wide band. Lovely couple, lovely commissions from a large extended family who are studio favourites.

Another few shots of the new faceted spinel and diamonds chunky pavé © Bh dress ring Thursday, Apr 21 2016 

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This one is a scan on the flatbed showing the gold well

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This one is a micro handheld on the Fujifilm S3500

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Large faceted Spinel, chunky pavé set with diamonds Thursday, Apr 14 2016 

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Barbara calls this her “dandy’ ring, large oval dress ring in 18ct yellow gold going to the Mayo Festival coming up next month at St Margarets, Ascot in Brisbane.

Commissioned ‘Bud’ style © Bh earrings ready to collect Tuesday, Apr 12 2016 

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Barbara’s © Bud earring design has four open sculpted petals holding a tension set gem – usually square (sometimes cushion cuts) 9–10mm stones. Entirely handmade, the earring has a hinged french hook that snaps neatly into its safety clasp. Considered details unique to this design allow the earring to face forward, perfectly balanced. This set in 9ct palladium white gold with lovely dark synthetic Rubies 2=7.67ct.

Barbara’s ‘Lace Dish’ has proved to be a constant winner with commission clients and our retailer’s clients, here is the most recent one off the bench Thursday, Apr 7 2016 

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Barbara is respected amongst her international peers as ‘Ms Texture’. There is a delicate balance between the high carat metal used, the lace impression that pierces the surface of the gold, the sparse use of white enamel fusion, the unique arrangement of quality gems set into the dish and the fine shouldered shank.

Ray Hughes (now and backintheday) Tuesday, Mar 15 2016 

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Recent shot with his son and grandson + Billy Butterworth’s shot of Ray when we were in NYC 1976, my second visit.

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