Originally commissioned in 1989, this one-off designer watch is back in the studio Thursday, Feb 14 2019 

Commission: Handmade trapezoid shape case in sterling silver with applied heat coloured titanium detail. Two part watch dial of oxidised silver with gold inlay and bone. Watch has quartz movement and fitted with rubber wristband. Designed and made by Barbara Heath for Donald Holt 1989.

BACK STORY REQUESTED:

Donald Holt commissioned this piece in 1989 or 1990 …

We were friends and he had just designed the facade and interior of my second jewellery shop at Paddington, Brisbane.

His design was madly funny and so so chic … with angled columns of patinated brass and a small shop window onto the street, so tiny it was the size of a picture frame …

which became a mini gallery for a time.

Various artists made installations there with often only a loose reference to jewellery.

Thirty years later many people still remember this window … as their introduction to my work.

This was an explosively expanding time in my design practice.

At the time I was busy developing titanium sunglasses frames for Jonathan Sceats in Sydney, a range of titanium and perspex jewellery for Covers, exhibiting internationally alongside Jenny Kee, Linda Jackson etc in the Fashion Australia book by Elina Mackay for Austrade.

But I was also busy building the framework for my commission practice.

This little one-off watch is from this era – ’80’s angularity and an eclectic materials mix – antique bone with blackened silver inlaid with gold and coloured titanium.

Barbara Heath

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Happy New (Chinese) Year of the pig for 2019 – studio started back last week Thursday, Feb 7 2019 

Barbara has done 5 follow-ups, 8 quotes, 3 client meetings and 3 new stock ring waxes since starting into the studio for 2019. Her first animal repair for the year turned out smashing. A recycled bog oak pig (good luck charm) in 18ct yellow gold. Thanks Shazza at Lancasters Antiques in Toowoomba for the distressed little piggy gift.

Finished for a (private) client in Sydney and to be posted tonight Friday, Dec 14 2018 

Articulated long drop earrings © Bh with handmade star wire chain and rub over settings, chisel set with her gems 18ct yellow gold

Just received our copy of Christine Erratt’s new book featuring our Mace Thursday, Nov 22 2018 

The Mace was designed by Michael Bryce and his team who collaborated with the Jeweller to the Lost studio in 2005. Barbara and Juan-Luis were the perfect partners to effect this realisation.

Contact http://www.parkerpressbooks.com.au / 10 Bega Road Northbridge NSW 2063

+ 5 more Zavelsky family commissions Saturday, Nov 10 2018 

I prefer Barbara’s pic below:

© Bh – Rebecca Zavelsky ‘Five Ring Gem Stack’ – Set of rings with family gems; Emerald cut diamond 1=0.37ct rub-over setting and fine square section band 18ct white gold. Old cut diamond 1=0.50ct rub-over setting 18ct white gold fine round section 18ct rose gold band, marquise cut ruby 1=0.11ct rub-over setting and fine round section band 18ct rose gold, round faceted emerald 1=0.22ct rub-over setting and fine square section band 18ct yellow gold, round brilliant cut diamond 1=0.08ct in pavé flower 18ct white gold setting with surround of x4 rubies 4=0.09ct and one tiny diamond 0.01ct and band of round section 18ct white gold. As per sketch and discussion. Size T.

This year has seen one ‘Love Token’ after another commissioned by repeat clients (and friends) Thursday, Nov 1 2018 

Joe Blaszczyk Anniversary ‘Love Token’ necklace for Marg, offset linkage components ebony platinum pearl and emerald pendant. This is one of the two hero jobs featured on our 2018 review which is being printed now and in the mail to commission clients in time for the end of year studio sale.

Two separate friends, both clients sent Anne-Marie to us Tuesday, Oct 9 2018 

Out tumbled all this jewellery and gems – it was all reviewed, gem stones unset and the gold sold. Then client and jeweller sat down to plan a new use for the favoured things – one big ring . . .

© Bh – Commission Anne-Marie Halton. Wide low rounded band 20mm at top tapering to 8.5mm at back and set with Anne-Marie’s gems three larger diamonds 1=0.57ct, 1=0.13cts, 1=0.14cts, x 6 small rubies 6=0.17cts and x2 small diamonds 2=0.02cts plus x1 large cabochon cut star ruby 1=3.62ct. The four larger gems in rubover settings and the remainder hammer set. Design as per discussion. 18ct yellow gold, Size P. Matt and burnished finish.

 

 

Fantastic double ring set using recycled gems and stories Tuesday, Sep 25 2018 

Many ways of wearing together, Flea won the diamond at a function, gifted amber and sapphires from her Mother and Mother in Law. We love creative ladies who come to the studio and “just do it” . . .

Lovely card from a recent home stay Friday, Aug 10 2018 

His house always has a room available for friends, we were so chuffed to make our spare room available for him recently. His divine card of appreciation (cover detail above) was a delight to read as was his illuminated conversation about most things here that caught his eye. We love the exchange of old-world cards.

Another ‘chisel set’ chunky pavè ring into the world Tuesday, Jul 3 2018 

Commissioned and scheduled to be given the night she left for a well deserved Paris holiday . . . Chunky Pavé Band, rounded profile tapering band with chisel set gems blue sapphires supplied 2=2.12ct pink sapphires 4=0.77ct diamonds 3=0.09ct purple sapphire 1=0.25ct in 9ct palladium white gold

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