Commissioned ‘middle finger’ gem ring Saturday, Aug 11 2018 

O K for starters, the brief came from a Melbourne academic whose friend has a big gemmy ring by Barbara. Naomi loved the heaviness of it – the chunky gold, the multiple different shaped and coloured stones, and the sense of medieval reliquary it has. Then followed the caution – “find a solution that doesn’t replicate my friend’s ring” . . . I’ve counted 29 gem option scans, multiple response files and further options and design files as part of our extended communications.

Here is the final job description: © Bh Commissioned Renaissance gem ring for Naomi – Multi gem ring has her round brilliant cut large Garnet 1=4.17ct in central rub over setting with three smaller rub over set gems; round brilliant cut Spinels 2=1.05ct and a trillion cut green Sapphire 1=0.97ct in triangular symmetry interspersed with Naomi’s round brilliant cut Sapphires 3=0.26ct in rectangular sections. Broad tapering band has carved strap detail to shoulders. Ring dimensions 22x23x6.5mm. Size Q. Subtle detail to setting sides. Matt and burnished finish. 18ct yellow gold.

Here is our client’s response when the ring arrived yesterday:

“Barbara I have received it and I love it! Thank you so much – it’s breathtaking, really. What a moment when I unwrapped it!! It’s so heavy and decadent – exactly what I had hoped for, and right on brief. My son immediately said it was like a fortune-teller’s ring, which I also thought was pretty great.”

“So: Thanks for persevering with me and making the process so careful and exact, such that we ended up with this fantastic outcome! Very best, N”

Here is her selfie shot attached:

Sonia Dooney’s aquamarine and lace ring back in the studio and to be collected today Friday, Aug 3 2018 

Worn every day since since its creation – second time in eleven years its been back to the bench for setting checks . . . ready for another 60,000 kms

Commissioned ring with inherited gems and a diamond “win” Tuesday, Jul 24 2018 

This © Barbara Heath ring has an oval dished top 26 x18mm with open work ‘lace’ style as per sketch with narrow rounded profile band 925 silver size P #Jeweller to the Lost Sapphires 3=1.38ct Amber 1=0.85ct Diamond 1=0.22ct

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

The first of three new large oval style necklaces © Bh for the mid-year sales Friday, Jun 22 2018 

Bh – Necklace hand made large oval bead & paper die wire links 925 silver 18ct yellow gold ovals with loop clasp

Two mid-year (jeweller to the lost) sale dates to mark in your diary Thursday, Jun 14 2018 

Every mid-year the GOMA Winter Design Market happens, this year its on Saturday July 28th 2018. The combined marketing by every stall holder brings a multitude of new customers to the market day.

This year we are breaking with tradition and opening our studio mid year for commission clients and their friends, so please take notice!

Friday evening the 29th June 2018 for the early birds with some bubbles to share AND Saturday the 30th June from 10:00am – 3:00pm for stock items at wholesale and below. As at Christmas each year we will be making new pieces at whim (at silly prices) . . . necklaces and earrings are planned.

This a chance for our dedicated clients to beat the rush at the end of July! Two sets of two trays are priced down and priced already . . . new ‘curved bar’ necklaces, new ‘bar and ring’ necklaces with added features and ‘five strand bead bracelets’ with added features are priced to go.

This is fun – two shots from friends and clients taken at restaurants Tuesday, Jun 5 2018 

Jean Pierre Khoury, Janet Gibson, Lee Primmer & Warwick Anderson all in Sydney and out to lunch when someone had the bright idea – “hey! we are all wearing Barby’s things!” Off with the lot and snapped a pic and messaged it on to us . . . 11 commissioned pieces of Jeweller to the Lost.

Out to dinner at the Vine recently to celebrate our friends wedding, everyone took off their wedding rings for this shot by Brendan Gaffney with Jacqueline Armitstead, Trish & John Honeywill, KT & Karl, Barbara Heath and mal E . . .

 

The last of Mary’s seven briefs to the studio collected today Tuesday, May 1 2018 

Commissioned Ring © Bh Stargazer style medallion set with x2 oval rubies 2=0.40ct graver set x1 round diamond 1=0.10ct and x6 1mm diamonds, supplied Design as per sketch 18ct yellow gold 925 silver oxidised Size L

There are two shots of this wonderful ring, one for the gem and one for the band and setting Wednesday, Apr 25 2018 

© Bh – Commission ring for Barbara Wenck – ‘Up’ ring set with premium Aquamarine (modified princess cut 2.94ct Brazil) in open back setting. Constructed in 9ct palladium white gold with ‘spatula’ texture finish to sides. Size M1/2

Most recent ‘signature’ bracelet commission © Bh 2018 Thursday, Mar 22 2018 

Practically every new client makes contact through a friend who is a client or via a positive piece of feedback. Sue G is a long time friend of Fiona K and mentioned the locket commission when she first made contact. We were in Sydney for another event and met up with her at the AGNSW restaurant where all her sentimental family material was pulled out and spread across the table. As usual we documented each piece and Barbara and Sue continued their communication via emails and phone calls. We also documented each stage of the process from metal melt to gems reset. We even posted the final piece as a movie on Instagram for the client view. Rather than send in an express post trackable satchel, Sue is waiting to collect her new bracelet when she visits us in Brisbane (with another couple of tasks). Lovely material – lovely client – lovely outcome (same old story) . . .

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