Pendant design and make for her large sentimental faceted Citrine Thursday, Jul 14 2016 

Barbara’s design is a four claw – Roman setting with two coloured golds in the segmented fine ‘rollo’ chain – 18ct rose and yellow gold © Bh #jewellertothelost #brisbane

Designer and Jeweller collaborate, use recycled jewellery, create silver sculptured fox pendant and cut up some of the gold objects Thursday, Jul 7 2016 

New – Jeweller to the Lost ring stocks ready for BGS artshow 5 August Thursday, Jun 16 2016 

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Ring © Barbara Heath 2016 ‘Chenier’ style with pavé set Sapphires and Diamonds in oval cartouche in 18ct white and yellow gold

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Early Barbara Heath material sent to me by the model – Susan Noyes Thursday, Jun 16 2016 

Earrings and necklace above © Bh 1989 shot by Paul Arrowsmith in the day. Another earring shot – here Titanium, perforated Steel and 925 Silver.

Bangle © Bh 1989 Titanium 925 Silver – In fact we were out the other evening at dinner at our friend’s house and Jemina was wearing a similar bangle from this era . . . she remarked that she wears it a lot, in a stack with other Silver bangles.

 

We are working our way through her jewellery collection, revamping as we go Saturday, Jun 11 2016 

Commission © Bh –  Marquise cut Ruby as supplied set in low tapered partial rub-over setting aligned across hand. ‘Chenier’ style band, narrower and rounded to top increasing slightly in width and flatter to back. Band has 18 round brilliant cut diamonds as supplied, flush set in irregular pattern ‘like stars’. 18ct rose gold with matt and polished detail. Size Q1/2 – click here for a larger shot.

Recent studio visitors given the ‘jeweller to the lost’ treatment Friday, Jun 10 2016 

Sixteen © Barbara Heath pieces back for cleaning, two rethreads, settings check, photography and up-to-date replacement valuations, all for a favourite client. Her husband Bryce is always one of the early birds to our annual studio sales, snapping up a strong piece while Janet often commissions pieces to fill the gaps.

I love all our customers, everyone follows Barbara’s minimal aesthetic in their own way. While some love to add more bling others prefer this pared-back look. It is powerful to see what one client has selected for her everyday jewellery to enhance her look.

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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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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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.

Ray Hughes (now and backintheday) Tuesday, Mar 15 2016 

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Recent shot with his son and grandson + Billy Butterworth’s shot of Ray when we were in NYC 1976, my second visit.

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