Catherine’s lovely antique Coral beads reworked as this oxidised Silver and 18ct yellow Gold ‘in-line’ bracelet. Barbara’s signature bar & ring clasp with applied Gold and her wire wrapped smaller Coral bead enhancer.
Five piece ‘Signature’ bracelet with Bar and Ring clasp in textured solid 925 bright Silver and 18ct Yellow Gold detail
The questions were: 1) do we make silver fitted caps for each tusk? . . . and they sell them as objects. 2) do we endeavour to make them into wearable bracelets? 3) if so how to make them both fit her slender slim wrists? 4) There will have to be lots of metal, Silver or Rose Gold? 5) how to best show off the patina and growth lines of the tusks?
Barbara, Juan-Luis, mal E, Vanessa and Michael played with the options . . . sometimes they we were all in accord, ideas were lobbed into the mix like wild-fire – two meetings then the solution was drawn up, costed a few ways and accepted in a few minutes.
I’ve posted both together (above) and the two separate (below) © Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost
Feedback from Vanessa Roche, via iPhone messaging: “Nancy Cunard photographed by Man Ray, she is fun to google . . . Thanks again for the bracelets, they are just perfect! I might try to build up to this look”. The image sent was too small to post – our Nancy Cunard image comes from the Jewellery to the Lost library ‘ Costume Jewellery in Vogue’ by Jane Mulvagh.
Commissioned for Peter McTavish from his wife, Wendy.
The studio started with the all the historical clan emblems available, one from the family and a previous wide wrist band Peter had found at the local Eumundi markets as a size indicator. Barbara has retained all her leather working tools from the 1970s and it was a delight to go back to this medium. We started by working up the vector line artwork both by hand and computer until we had all elements signed off and Juan-Luis could start the minute saw cuts that have realised this task. The shot below is of the emblem prior to chemical oxidisation and the fitting of the pins that secure the piece to the leather band.
Hand made solid silver buckle and lip finish off this one-of-a-kind commission, we love it!
6 mm oval 925 silver with in-line symbols, all with details oxidised