The second ring of four delivered yesterday Wednesday, Aug 26 2015 

Our client, a retired dermatologist, had already spent months of research into why all her white gold rings were setting off an allergic reaction.
Barbara and her client worked further on her finding the presence of Iridium either in the metal mix or as a component of the solder was the culprit.
Our metal suppliers complied with their own review, no Iridium present in our metal mix.

Barbara made a simple ring for our client to trial – a  road test of sorts.
We are in the process of deconstructing all her rings now and have set about redesigning them.
The studio found excess solder lapping the ring joints in her older jewellery, made by a local jewellery retailer.

The word came back after a trip abroad – no reaction to our band.
So we started the first remake of her five stone engagement ring. Created in a ‘London Bridge’ © Bh design and precision construction in the studio to seat all the diamonds in a perfect arc.
The finishing and setting required no soldering whatever.

Two down and two to go . . .

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:

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!

‘Fragments become fashion’ Page 22 (tasweekend) July11–12 2015 Saturday, Jul 18 2015 

Words by Stephanie Eslake and photography by Sam Rosewarne, thanks to Roz Macallan and John Potter for sending an iPhone pic and the article so I could scan and post. Sarah called from the gallery this afternoon to say that a Brisbane lady just snapped up one of the rings in the show.

Download the high-res .pdf here.

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.

Wendy’s two rings + Nigel’s interlocking set © Bh 2015 + two older style links Saturday, Jun 6 2015 

Platinum wedding band, double leaf lattice with Rubies.

Interlocking squares & circles, newer low version.

Visitors to the studio wishing to commission have two resources to use at the brief stage – our viewable records of makes and styles are all on the blog which are used night and day by people all over the world, the two below which were precursors for the rings above. The other resource we use are the three boxes full of silver models that show bands, settings and styles. These are used by Wendy George & Nigel Wilson during their meetings with Barbara to envisage their wedding ring commission. I hadn’t met them until the handover ceremony, I sit behind a wall (unseen) and listen intently as objects are viewed, tried on and I hear all the accompanying excited reactions by folk as they receive their loaded jewels. Wendy & Nigel were just so thrilled I have to add, especially as he isn’t a ring wearer, he says . . .

Barbara’s next Tasmanian show will open June 26, 2015 at Handmark Gallery in Hobart Monday, May 25 2015 

Just an advanced notice and the last June date we want you to drop into your diary. The studio is on track to finish all the makes by this Friday, then I have some time to complete all the imaging, pricing and documentation. The entire series of rings, pendants, necklaces and brooches are all featuring ‘porcelain shards’ found on and around our property in Tunbridge, Tasmania. This should not come as a surprise as Barbara has used found elements as the set “gems” in works since the mid – nineteen eighties. Buttons, beads, glass, wood, steel, other jewellery have all been recycled and incorporated but this show is purely Tasmanian based with antique relics which the earth has given up to us.

Elements from our range of high carat and unique gem stone jewellery from numerous © Bh ‘styles’ are also showing in our cabinets at Hobart and Evandale and via the Handmark web.

June 2015 is indeed filling up with important dates, here is another one: Monday, May 25 2015 

Saturday June 14 (11:00am–5:00pm) is the ‘Study Day’ for the Society of Jewellery Historians at Haughton International Fairs: Art Antiques London.

Two of our fave raves- Jack Ogden and Hazel Forsyth are both speaking. Each society member can bring one guest for £35.00 so give us a call if you want admission.

The Spring Issue (#23) of “Jewellery History Today” just arrived and there is a small interesting article by Boris Gorelik drawing on hitherto unexplored sources from 1905–10 regarding the true story of the Cullinan Diamond. Pictured below is Joseph Asscher making the first cleavage in the said Diamond, 10th February 1908. Nine different gemstones were cut from the original found crystal and all are in the Queen’s ceremonial jewels. Every other tiny fragment from the crystal was returned to the National Geoscience Museum in Pretoria.

We have one London Asscher cut Sapphire in our studio stock, wonderful!

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