Baroque Tahitian silver-grey pearls to match the ‘Mother of the Bride’s’ silver-grey dress Friday, May 26 2017 

The dress was made at Modes, in the Newmarket fashion district in Auckland . . . the pearl strand was from our salt water, wholesale stock and Mary chose Barbara’s timeless shell clasp to be worn to the front. Delivered two weeks before the big event!

New interest in larger-than-life jewellery pieces by Barbara Heath from 1989 Thursday, May 25 2017 

Two jewellery collectors have recently requested info on these early brooches and then last week we received one sent from Melbourne, for repairs. We will have some of these for sale at our stand at the mid-year QAGOMA design market – Saturday July 8, 2017.

From the catalogue – Australian fashion: the contemporary art, an exhibition curated by Jane de Teliga for the Museum of Applied Art and Sciences, Sydney in association with the Australia Council. The show toured to the Twentieth Century Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

‘Barbara Heath’s oversized jewellery cannot go unnoticed and in the maker’s own words, it “demands that you be very involved with the piece to be able to put it on”.’ For this reason she uses large convex mirrors in her brooches to include the observer in the piece’s function. Age old symbols of life and death such as baby dolls and skulls decorate the mirror brooches in shiny silver and take her work into the realm of iconography. Barbara employs these clichéd symbols to balance the startling dialogue she sets up between wearer and observer. Barbara’s awareness of the individual and public perception of her work stems from her experience in more commercial accessories design including ranges for Johathan Sceats and Covers. Skull and babies mirror brooches of anodised aluminium and sterling silver (shown). Symbol brooch series: Eye, Dog, Dog2, Heart, and charm bracelets of anodised aluminium.

Clients write the best copy: Thursday, May 25 2017 

Hi Barb,
Thank you everyone for all the work on this unique piece. It’s great to have all those bits of family history in one place, and wearable!!! Really lovely piece which I will enjoy wearing.
Hope to meet again before too long.
Cheers . . . C.M.

Sending this back to Melbourne tomorrow – all new and repaired © Bh 1989 eye/heart Brooch Tuesday, May 23 2017 

Anodised aluminium brass and silver Brooch from Barbara’s ‘Paddington’ daze. We both still have ours, Donald Holt’s one (above) has graced more dance floors than most people have had hot dinners . . . it came back to the studio to be disassembled, the brass eye buffed and varnished and a new handmade high, two pin silver back. Strong enough for winter coat wear.

 

Many clients have been waiting for more ‘another time’ © Bh material Thursday, May 18 2017 

Twin gem Earrings © Bh Burmese Ruby princess cut 2=0.5ct box settings with German cut black Spinel high cabochon 2=19.13ct with Barbara’s signature white Enamel fusion 18ct yellow Gold Hooks.

 

Another version of a twin gem pair of earrings © Bh finished today Thursday, May 18 2017 

Twin gem Earrings © Bh smoky Quartz princess cut 2=4.31ct textured tapered box setting Brazilian green Tourmaline high cabochons 2=6.30ct oval rub over setting 9ct rose and yellow Gold Hooks.

New ‘on the ear’ twin gem earrings for retailer’s stock finished today Thursday, May 18 2017 

We will have these to tempt you at wholesale prices at QAGOMA early July 2017. New twin gem Earrings ‘on the ear’ style © Bh yellow Beryl princess cuts 2=1.14ct 9ct yellow Gold box settings pink Tourmaline round brilliant cut high cabochons 2=6.30ct oxidised 925 Silver textured settings Bar to hooks.

We are slowly preparing new Earrings for stock, see you all at QAGOMA Saturday July 8 Thursday, May 18 2017 

Barbara calls this version ‘on the ear’ – twin gem earrings © Barbara Heath 2017 High square African Aquamarine cabochon 2=3.27ct freshwater Keshi Pearls 9ct yellow and white gold Hooks. Please save the date as this is our first announcement . . .

Clients sometimes start the ball rolling in the right direction Thursday, May 18 2017 

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Emma and Barbara have a long commissioning relationship, her first piece was her graduation ring and in her own words – these are her ‘push bling’ for baby Tabitha. An email message received showed her idea in a selfie. Barbara’s response was easy, she designed and the studio produced these two part earrings in 18ct palladium white gold using the gifted Diamonds from Ray’s Mother. Using two textures that have become ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ favourites; Chunky Pavé and pierced Lace balls.

Barbara’s earrings and brooch make another appearance, this time in the cover shot of the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce’s recent book of letters, entitled: “Dear Quentin”. Wednesday, May 10 2017 

Our signed copy is from the second numbered series of the Miegunyah Volumes, royalties to be donated to the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

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