Just priced these to sell out at our mid-year studio sale – June 20, 2015 Wednesday, May 27 2015 

Solid sterling silver hand forged neck rings © Bh (with 18ct yellow gold detail) Two smaller ones are hammered only while some larger ones are hammered with raised details.

One of our favourite clients has a Danish version of this that she says works-a-treat and has asked Barbara to make a more “jazzie version” just for her. When it worked so well she suggested Barbara make five more to share the Love . . .

 

June 2015 is indeed filling up with important dates, here is another one: Monday, May 25 2015 

Saturday June 14 (11:00am–5:00pm) is the ‘Study Day’ for the Society of Jewellery Historians at Haughton International Fairs: Art Antiques London.

Two of our fave raves- Jack Ogden and Hazel Forsyth are both speaking. Each society member can bring one guest for £35.00 so give us a call if you want admission.

The Spring Issue (#23) of “Jewellery History Today” just arrived and there is a small interesting article by Boris Gorelik drawing on hitherto unexplored sources from 1905–10 regarding the true story of the Cullinan Diamond. Pictured below is Joseph Asscher making the first cleavage in the said Diamond, 10th February 1908. Nine different gemstones were cut from the original found crystal and all are in the Queen’s ceremonial jewels. Every other tiny fragment from the crystal was returned to the National Geoscience Museum in Pretoria.

We have one London Asscher cut Sapphire in our studio stock, wonderful!

Remember to put this date into your diary – June 20 is just under a month away Monday, May 25 2015 

New style © Bh necklaces finished for our stockists Thursday, May 21 2015 

Three new curved bar necklaces with gems are finished but they might be kept back for our upcoming mid year studio sale on Saturday June 20, 2015. We are excited as this is a brand new style! I want more of them, I’m pressing the bench monkeys for stock but Barbara and Juan-Luis are flat-out finishing the new makes for the upcoming Handmark show end June 2015, in Tasmania. Commissions have been on hold now for two weeks while porcelain is under the bench lights here.

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 

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 . . .

Our favourite ‘Francophile’ commissioned this for her Ruby and Barbara responded with a nod to her favourite French designer – Jean Fouquet Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 

Her own gold melted and reused, the band cast in studio and the two top components constructed and attached. The rub over setting for oval faceted Ruby was recessed and the flat topped band finished with polished and matt surfaces. On reading the brief notes, Barbara has written (assymmetry, off-beat, off-set gem, bar across and angled). No further design dialogue, our client said “just make it”. Having made so many things for her, we knew the size and her aesthetic.

Another new commissioned ring and one older one back for a re-jig – we love repeat clients Thursday, Apr 16 2015 

Commissioned ring for Kerry Blinco – © Bh 2015 10 x 12mm oval faceted Amethyst (supplied) in a tapered rub-over setting, held in an interlocked swirling, round wire construction. Three round brilliant cut Diamonds set to one side in chenier settings in 18ct palladium White Gold. Polished finish with rhodium plate. Three more shots here and here and here.

Re-fit loop wire design to upper layer of © Bh Sapphire and White Gold ring and then rhodium plate. More images here, here and here.

I wonder who will end up with these? Monday, Apr 13 2015 

Naomi Berry was a fabric collector who became a dealer to support her habit. Every Saturday I’d visit the small shop she had on Fernberg Road, Milton. It only opened on Saturdays . . . Naomi made weekly visits to two sisters who lived in Yerrongpilly, the Soden sisters. Every one of these came wrapped in pink string, from memory maybe 24 issues or 6 months worth at a time. The Soden sisters were very early investors in the stock exchange, their boxes of ephemera with receipts, recipes and helpful hints were fantastic and I still have some of those. I have one scrap book they made that is absolutely a naive surrealist ‘artist book’ – I have lent this to Noreen Grahame for a show ages ago. I also scanned from their scrap book, a starter page for my 1991 ‘electronic exquisite corpse’ paper promotion where I joined 7 *designers around the world who shared and enhanced files for the Gilbert Paper Co – under the creative direction of Thirst in Chicago. *Neville Brody,Erik Spiekermann, Malcolm Enright, Linda van Deursen & Armand Mevis, Paul Sych, Katherine McCoy & Ric Valicenti. (I should do a post about this fantastic experiment on ephemeral-male). These at going to the first fashionista who calls for $200.00 the lot!

This is a three page article from 1985, written by Roz MacAllan and published in Craft Arts. Tuesday, Apr 7 2015 

The .pdf is downloadable here. We recently found this article amongst the papers of John Watermann. “Barbara Heath’s solid technical training as a production jeweller, coupled with her fascination and absorption of “street fashion” and other influences, enables her to create jewellery which, paradoxically, is both a shock to the senses and elegantly wearable.” Text by Roz MacAllan, photography by Stuart Collins. Jump suit by Anna Bourke for ‘atomic workshop’ and graphic design by Empire Graphics.

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