Three new pairs of Barbara’s successful © ‘Tapered Box’ earrings just finished Friday, Apr 29 2016 

Earrings ‘tapered box’ © Bh – princess cut 9mm Topaz 2=8.0ct – oxidised 925 silver – claw set 18ct yellow gold – post and butterfly fittings. I could rattle off the names of many clients who count on these as everyday wear. The other two pairs in bright silver boxes with 18ct yellow gold setting tabs have the lighter gem tones of Aquamarine and green Quartz.

 

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Commissioned ‘Bud’ style © Bh earrings ready to collect Tuesday, Apr 12 2016 

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Barbara’s © Bud earring design has four open sculpted petals holding a tension set gem – usually square (sometimes cushion cuts) 9–10mm stones. Entirely handmade, the earring has a hinged french hook that snaps neatly into its safety clasp. Considered details unique to this design allow the earring to face forward, perfectly balanced. This set in 9ct palladium white gold with lovely dark synthetic Rubies 2=7.67ct.

This asymmetric earring commission jetted off to Canberra last night Friday, Dec 18 2015 

A cold call after the Barbara Heath/Richard Fidler ‘Conversation’ broadcast on ABC radio. Our client works for the Australian Government diplomatic corps and had numerous pieces of sentimental jewellery for Barbara to incorporate into a 24/7 earring set to reminded her of ‘Australia and the sea’ – two design options were sent via email and the entire process was conducted successfully from a-far.

I’ve only just received these two shots from my daughter, Elizabeth Enright Thursday, Dec 3 2015 

I dropped her off to the 2015 Melbourne Cup gig in her black 911 she calls ‘the shadow’ . . . then she promptly won “Best Dressed” on the day. Most of our commission clients who attend our annual studio sales have met Lil as she in attendance on these important days. Barb and I (and her Mom, Janis) are so impressed with her people and social skills, her business development and the position she has risen to in her chosen field . . . we LOve you Lil!

She wears Barbara’s © ‘Gem Cluster’ earrings so well also.

New © Bh ‘tapered block’ setting for South Sea pearl earrings – ready for our annual studio sale Sunday, Nov 15 2015 

Long drop White SP BW2 – round 12mm 18ct yellow gold with rbc champagne diamonds 2=0.32ct (left) Long drop Tahitian SB B – round 13mm 18ct palladium white gold (right) Background is a colour and size graduated South Sea pearl pendant commission awaiting the client’s viewing and collection.

Recycled briefs are so interesting in that – with design options and feedback they have their own journey Monday, Nov 2 2015 

What started with a request for designs for Mary’s mutton fat jade beads went in another direction, second meeting when her four beautiful old cut Diamonds and a pair of oval Ceylon sapphires dropped onto Barbara’s desk. “Maybe make a lovely pendant for my daughter-in-law with these, then?” Designs were drawn up, diamonds sourced and the task quoted.

Feedback suggested earrings would be more appropriate, additional design and quoting:

Commission ©Bh  – Drop Earrings with Mary’s old cut diamonds (4=1.2cts) and pair of oval Ceylon Sapphires (2=2.28ct). Delicate design as sketched has diamond set stud with post and butterfly fitting above linked drop diamond with linked Sapphire below. All settings in fine open backed four prong style. 18ct palladium white gold with polished finish. Length 20mm.

 

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?

This matching set of trillion-cut Rubellite Tourmalines have sat in the gem collection for the last nine years Wednesday, Sep 2 2015 

Originally sourced from “Mr Coloured Gem” – George Palos, numerous clients and Barbara alike have circled them in anticipation . . . but our Sydney client swooped when on a recent commissioning visit. It was simple: “make me a pair of those beautiful Buds that just hang so well”. “This round brilliant cut Argyle diamond, can you source and match another one and make them the central element + your lovely 18ct yellow gold constructions”.

Commission Earrings © Bh 2015  Set of eight matching trillion-cut Rubellites 8=5.88ct in four petal openwork ‘Bud’ design with single round brilliant cut Argyle diamonds 2=0.32ct at centre. Hinged hook with safety catch. Hand constructed 18ct yellow gold. Approx 15mm diameter.

There are a few significant factors here: First, you just can’t go out and buy eight matching stones, these were sourced and cut under the gemologist’s keen scrutiny (thanks George). Although the “Bud’ design was originally created by Barbara and brought to realisation through a series of clever tension cuts to the petals by Juan-Luis in the studio. The actual realisation of this commission was via a domed and pierced gold plate which became a floating setting for the Rubellites. The angles, the balance, the measured and secure clasp are all studio secrets.

15 days after our best-ever sales result at GOMA winter sale, I’m back posting new work Sunday, Aug 16 2015 

Earrings © Bh 2015 Block Tabset polished Onyx discs (20mm Dia) 18ct yellow gold with oxidised 925 Silver

This Saturday August 1 is the mid-year GOMA ‘winter design market’ – we will be there 9:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday, Jul 28 2015 

We will be there with our usual generous metal jewellery, our yummy gem stock at (below wholesale) for one day only + new works (at wholesale) recently returned from Barbara’s Tasmanian show – “Midland’s Lepidoptera”. Do please spread the word and we hope to see you!

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