Her sixteen pieces of old jewellery transformed into a new wearable necklet Wednesday, Sep 30 2015 

Barbara made the first ‘In-Line’ necklet to fully develop her idea using elements from her symbol language and quirky gems from our collection. Barbara made the first one for herself. Once the new necklace clasp and elements were resolved, we decided to retain it in the studio for visitors to see the concept. As we are spending the majority of bench time making for our studio commission clients, the opportunity to create big ticket stock items is limited. We have kept this concept as a “made to order” only.

Larger shot – here, snapshot on a jewellery shoulder – here . . . and a detail below:


Another solitaire engagement ring starting with the © Bh ‘moebius’ style and topped with a terrific diamond Tuesday, Sep 22 2015 

Marty and Phoebe started with diamond cluster ideas but ended up selecting an 18ct rose gold Moebius band, we are thrilled as quite a few young funsters have gravitated towards to this sinuous twisting style of late. Topped with a platinum rub-over setting and the band having a polished finish. The round brilliant cut supplied by the Jeweller to the Lost studio has a GIA certificate with a drawn profile of the actual proportions – nice!

Phoebe’s first Instagram post is below: and a link to her second post – here.

Thanks Renai et al Thursday, Sep 17 2015 

“Thanks Mal, We are very excited about this new purchase for the collection.The works will be found in Mater Private Springfield Hospital and in Mater Health Services Art Collection.” –  Best Renai Director, Independent Arts Management, P O Box 7648 EAST BRISBANE Q 4169. 0411 484 222 www.iamprojects.net

Maise and Bab’s Garden Sketchbook – detail
When Marian and Barbara were thrown together for the MOB – ‘silver’ initiative it smacked of fun and they were delighted. Many people loved this work and it was offered to someone special, this week it was sold via IAM, well done ladies! This studio shot was taken by mal E early in the piece:

Who is interested in coming to a “jeweller to the lost” studio – Pearl Evening? Tuesday, Sep 15 2015 

The studio has been quietly using up our pearl stock for the past 12 years and we just surfaced to look to replenish material – we are shocked at availability and prices asked, locally and internationally. We usually buy at the annual Tucson Gem Fair and from the Hong Kong suppliers we know and trust. We have reviewed the situation, world-wide and made contact with all the trusted wholesalers here.

We have scooped mainly South Sea Pearls, from Australian and Pacific origin and long prized as the most lustrous material. These days Fresh Water Pearls are so in demand for the burgeoning Chinese Market that much of that supply is remaining in China. Suppliers here are not replenishing their stocks because of the higher prices asked at the source. Like the carat diamond market roller-coaster created by the newly emerging Chinese market six to eight years ago – its happening with pearls now, as well . . . we have quite a few clients interested in meeting our best local contact for a session in the studio. The first 10 contacts who respond to this will be advised the time and place, hopefully a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening around the mid to end of October 2015.

Our guest supplier (who owned his own pearl farm in Tahiti) will give an over-view of the industry, quality insights and make his collection available for our client’s to purchase direct. Clients can then communicate with Barbara to design and quote their options at a later date.

My mobile is 0431 464 470 or email to <male@co-opones.to>

I have already filled five of the ten places, so be quick please?

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.

‘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.

The same day that the previous commission was collected from the studio we received excited texts from Freemantle in Western Australia – two more commissions were collected at the post office, there. Tuesday, Jun 9 2015 

1) Barbara’s © Bar and Ring clasp is such a successful solution to stringing pearls and beads . . . worn to the front as a statement. Susan’s favourite oval moonstone set in an Argentium rub over setting and her Mother’s Akoya pearl strand reduced to a choker length, knotted and restrung.

2) Little finger signet ring set with a single old cut diamond from Susan’s Great-Grandfather. Design has the diamond set low, in an oval textured cartouche on a new style reeded band in 18ct palladium white gold.

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!

Remember to put this date into your diary – June 20 is just under a month away Monday, May 25 2015 

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