A busy week taken up by new designs and these two commissioned rings Monday, Jun 6 2016 

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Redesigning her wedding ring and making a new one for him. To celebrate their anniversary . . . using two of their diamonds and adding a third to narrate a life, a family and a love continuing. An overlaid 18ct yellow gold ‘ice ray’ lattice on an 18ct white gold band. The design represents life’s paths and connections. For Josephine, the diamonds represent her loved ones. A composite shot of her ring here a different treatment here and a final top shot here.

A very satisfying commission with a wonderful articulate couple; Peter and Josephine Hill, a fabulous pair of rings even if their complexity pushed us at times in the planning and the make stages.

Barbara has many clients who are now considering where their jewellery goes and to whom Friday, May 27 2016 

Some clients even go further with their planning “Lets divide the collection into two parcels and have the jewellery components across two of your ‘in-line’ necklaces”? “I can wear them both until they are passed down to my two daughters” . . . “Move things around, separate the Sapphire pendant, use this Pearl from the Citrine safety pin and fit to the Sapphire” ” You decide what should go where”.

First action for Barbara was to individually asses each piece, the metal type, determine the gem and weigh it, bag everything and then design an arrangement answering her brief. Gold to be recycled for the additional chenier required. Sketch and cost the work and present to her client. Here are the two design renderings in one graphic.

The client collects today!

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The pic on the display stand above shows how the Gold and oxidised Silver chenier sections fall on the body. The scanned detail below has better focus and resolution but has been laid flat on the glass with a created shadow:

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Here is the St Margaret’s artist talk flyer – 1:30pm this Saturday Thursday, May 26 2016 

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Download the larger .pdf and we hope to see you this Friday evening for the cocktail party or on the Saturday . . .

If you have a small damaged animal object, sculpture or image you might like to send a pic or scan to Barbara as we are starting to collate the works required for this show: Monday, May 23 2016 

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The little pig was a gift from Sharon Christison at Lancasters in Toowoomba who has hundreds of things come through her hands every week. Shazza never fails to think of us and all our small collections – if she does’t offer we might never know of its existence being a hundred kms away.

Jeweller to the Lost P O Box 452 Grange QLD 4051 Australia

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Barbara remarked how much she loved working with her client who is another artist who just knows her stuff Monday, May 23 2016 

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Barbara posted this on her Instagram feed with these words: “Had fun doing this today for a fab artist client. I had an idea laid out but she flipped  in a few diamonds and took out a couple of #chrometourmalines, I added a pair of #demantoidgarnets and then we went all black metal and gold edgy! #twoheadsarebetterthanone #ilovemyclients #jewellertothelost”

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So much happened in the studio last week I’m just catching up today Monday, May 23 2016 

German premier gem supplier visited us two weeks ago – we bought wonderful cabochons and faceted stones for our wholesale collection but one client who had a wish-list note with us was so taken by the graduated strand of Indicolite Tourmalines, she just bought them on the spot. Barbara also remarked when threading the gem beads how much better the drilling was compared with the Asian material we are offered. Here is the handmade textured clasp with a small round brilliant cut Diamond  © Bh 2016 commission.

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Barbara’s latest ‘bib’ necklace goes to be sold at the MAYO festival next Friday evening Sunday, May 22 2016 

. . . so she has a week to let it go #jewellertothelost © Bh hand forged 935 argentium silver white jade bar and ring clasp 2016 #StMargaretsBrisbane

Two new ‘curved bar’ earrings © Barbara Heath Wednesday, May 11 2016 

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I really need an instagram movie to show off these wonderful millennium cut Beryls and green Quartz stones, polished Onyx discs set in 9ct yellow and white gold, posts and butterflies – both pairs into our retailer’s stock.

 

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.

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