Commission via a phone call from out of the blue Tuesday, May 5 2015 

It is always a delight when old “Maker’s Mark” clients from Melbourne resurface, we did numerous commissions and sold from our range over a twenty six year period but never held their client’s names and addresses. Rosemary’s phone call led to an email which led to this remake of her husband’s interlocking ring set, this time in 9ct rose gold. They are chuffed, I’m chuffed to have their contact details now and another commissioner back into the fold.

Every magazine is out of our lock-up and is being sold Friday, Apr 24 2015 

My friend Eve Harmon who ran Condé Nast publications in Australia in 1983 wrote a letter to creatives and socialites informing us that Vanity Fair was being published again – starting with Volume 47 #1 in March of that year.

In the first edition ‘Fanfair’ lead article by Calvin Trillin he muses “My curiosity about the new Vanity Fair has been dominated by one question: Why wasn’t I asked to subscribe?.” “Plenty of people were. I happen to know one J.E.Curr Jnr., who describes himself as the publisher of Vanity Fair, sent letters to any number of people informing them by name (Dear Mr. Upscale) that his magazine wasn’t meant for everyone but for only a handful of bright, literate people.” . . . so the first issue appeared and then disappeared.

The first twelve years kept me enthralled and here they all are, being sold as one job lot to the first person who promises the dollars. SOLD to Paul Smith, Brisbane.

Trisha’s new © Bh ‘Bib Necklace’ was delivered last Friday afternoon – celebrated with a glass of Pinot Grigio as Barb told me when she arrived home Tuesday, Apr 21 2015 

Did you miss the previous post on this design, full details – click here

This is all hand fabricated from the new 935 Argentium Silver that resists tarnishing, three shaped segments with sections highly polished and oxidised. Gems set in raised constructed settings with over-the-lobe © Bh Earrings that have clip on fittings. They texted a photo as Trisha tried it on, wonderful client and another first for the studio team . . .

Two days of posting and selling magazines via Facebook is zooming Friday, Apr 10 2015 

I’ve got news for you, between the two world wars in the northern hemisphere boys and girls weren’t afraid of a little sun on their willies . . . so who wants these issues? Call me on 0431 464 470.

Italian interior and product design from the 1980s and 90s gone to an interior design firm’s library Wednesday, Apr 8 2015 

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Dynamic design duo – Ian and Steven from Wrightson Stewart Interiors snapped these up for their historical reference. Just wiping and collating these brought back a flood of emotions – all good. Remembering that each issue arriving every month gave me new European insights and ‘stuff’ pleasure, now someone new can do that all over again . . . and the weight sitting on my library floor is down maybe 80 kilos!

Posting two hand carved cats cast in 18ct yellow gold Thursday, Apr 2 2015 

for a private Sydney client. Her two pets held close to her heart, with emerald faceted beads and a handmade start wire chain all made in the studio – Barbara Heath © Sautoir. Sorry that the photography isn’t up to our usual standard . . .

Hobart’s Handmark Gallery – their new web presence is being updated each week – Barbara’s new image and bio is up today Thursday, Mar 26 2015 

We are represented in Hobart and Evandale by Alannah Dopson and her team. Retail jewellery and small sculpture stock at both locations and on-line with commissions managed by both outlet managers. We have shown there since 2009 and have built a steady following including many ‘Makers Mark’ clients from Melbourne who venture down now that the gallery has closed. Here is the direct link to Barbara Heath.

Ziggy and ronE at Parattah Friday, Mar 6 2015 

Other shots in this private garden and colonial collector’s home we visited . . . the sandstone sculptures are all done by the owner also

We toured the property called ‘Heathfield’ on Davey Street Hobart Saturday, Feb 14 2015 

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Warwick Oakman hosted a dinner to bring us together, they are high class antique & antiquity dealers from Freemantle, WA who have been restoring their very expansive early colonial building for the past twelve years. Mark Howard (left), Barbara and Les Lauder (right). The following day we met again and had the most detailed tour of their works and furnishings, which I have to admit was breathtakingly divine. For privacy’s sake I’ll hold back on details – rest assured we all got on like a house on fire. Their shops are here to view and do spend the time to dig deep into their web offerings.

A family affair – studio commissions rather than random finds while Christmas browsing Saturday, Dec 20 2014 

Lyn Taylor’s brief sheet starts with the date 1/10/2014 and notes delivery in time for Christmas wrapping . . . something for daughter Kate and two things for Lyn. Her large lace dish earrings with x10 of her old cut diamonds, her rubies and recycle her three family rings, white enamel fusion in 18ct yellow gold with those easy-to-wear hooks that Barbara and Juan-luis do so well.

The studio buys back the gold, unsets the stones, weighs and notes the gem details and uses refined gold for its purity. The rings were possibly from early 1900s but the diamonds were from much earlier times, being old rose cuts probably recycled when the rings were made. The diamonds were lovely and clear as were the rubies. We sourced more 2.5mm rubies to get the symmetry right. A large .pdf is here.

Lyn’s wide ‘saddle style’ ring (detail below) with her gold filigree removed from old ring and reapplied to a new © Bh ring with oxidised silver finish.

Kates new ring below using her Amethyst, (11.5mm x 7mm scissor cut 1=3.00ct) set into a tapered rectangular box setting, fitted low for protection and held with x4 claws. Setting is fitted to © Bh ‘cheapside style’ band with each shoulder junction having a cluster of beads as detail in organic style – set with yellow Sapphires and Tzavorite Garnets. 9ct palladium white gold with burnished finish.

I’m busy scanning and preparing posts while the two jewellers slog away on the final makes for the year. A few dedicated commissioners have opted to wait until the new year. More studio visitors who have returned to family here have visited and picked up gifts – most work is reconsigned to our three retailers but we keep studio favourites here for the next five days, right up to Christmas eve.

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