So many friends and friends of friends, all send their besties to Barbara to commission important jewels Monday, Aug 5 2019 

With nearly fifty years of designs here in the studio it is a privilege to adapt a winning style with this ‘Gems on the Table’ wedding ring for Lindy Hume from Dr Dain Bolwell. With the ring now delivered we have permission to show the world (and name names later when on her hand), which is our custom:

© Bh Commission – ‘Gems on the Table’ wedding ring, having square cushion shaped convex profile top approx. 21 x 21 mm on a broad band tapering to back of finger. Nine gems are flush set to deeply textured surface as per design. 9ct palladium white gold with textured exterior and polished interior finish. Size L.

 

Claire’s ‘gems on the table’ ring for her twenty-first birthday Thursday, Jul 25 2019 

Commission Alice & Bob Bidwell © Bh 2019 – 21st birthday ring for Claire. ‘Slippery Slope’ – Asymmetric scooped oval ring has 11 pavé set gems; oval buff-top garnet, square ruby plus Bidwell gems –  three sapphires and two diamonds plus 4 diamonds. 9ct yellow gold with matt finish and chisel texture to upper gem set surface. Size M.

 

Jeweller to the Lost studio busy in preparation of 90 new works for Sydney mid October 2019 show Wednesday, Jul 24 2019 

Detail for the handcut and fold-finished banksia brooches on the bench, July 2019.

‘Artisans in the Garden Exhibition’ opens Friday 18th October 2019 and Barbara is the selected jeweller for this year. Run by the Foundation & Friends of the Sydney Botanic Gardens, it showcases emerging artists and craftspeople with over 2,000 artworks including sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, hand-blown glass, textiles and so much more.

Sandy Crichton – curator <mobile: 0412 222 884> <artisans.exhibition@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au>

Our third series of enamelled Banksia Brooches will be the botanical link, with high end gems and high carat rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches and exhibition pieces.  Including the three bronze sculptures with 18ct yellow gold and large cubic zirconias shown at the “15 Artists” invitation exhibition 2017 at the Redcliffe Regional Gallery, Moreton Bay. We have kept these key works entitled: uncommon ground, back for just this type of sales opportunity.

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Private commission for one of our favourite Sydney clients and collector, dispatched yesterday Wednesday, Jul 24 2019 

Russian Art Nouveau ring to design and make as client’s directions; With V’s own faceted oval green tourmaline in rub-over setting, 2mm textured band and tapering carved gold scroll-work, set with 3x 5pt champagne diamonds and 4x 2pt champagne diamonds. 18ct yellow gold. Size P.

The commission brief calls this a ‘garden lover’s ring’ finished and collected today Friday, Jul 19 2019 

We have featured the design here and now we can show you the make.

©Bh – Commission D. G. – Botanical Ring has an asymmetric form of wrapped leaves arching over an opal ‘inflorescence’ (6x4mm) which is set in a surround of gold stamen-like beads. Three diamonds are set within the leaf forms 2 x baguettes (each 3.5 x 2mm) and one pear cut (5.5×3.5mm) as per sketch. Gems as supplied by Danielle. Handmade in 18ct yellow gold with matt, textured and burnished finishes. Size R.

 

 

“Make me a bangle to match my two Indian ones” Thursday, Jul 18 2019 

Additional requests: “Make it one third the width, set it with my diamonds, supply nine more – similar and set the ruby and following the Indian ones, create intermittent punched patterns of your making, set my opal also”.

We fabricated the solid 18ct yellow gold bangle by hand and managed to deepen the colour to match her 22ct ones.

The last five components were modelled in wax and back from casters next Tuesday Friday, Mar 29 2019 

Barbara started the week melting 18ct white gold to start the hand made star wire chain process, three days later she was hand carving the five elements to be cast and finished, some with gems to be set. We are certain that by next week’s end we will have finished this very personal replacement piece.

Pair of commissioned bracelets, hollow ware © Bh 2019 – Jeweller to the Lost studio, Brisbane Friday, Mar 29 2019 

Kate Galloway’s brief to Barbara, March 2019

 A signifier of friendship. Observation of thoughtful gestures that span decades and persist in the face of life, death, troubles, and triumphs. Recognition of the value of love without judgement, and of a deep knowledge of our friends’ true selves exposed to and shared with us over time. Simultaneously an instance and an eternity, fantasy and reality, without measure. Geometries of silver. Burnished, smooth, striated. A collaboration of diversity joined by flexible anodised stainless steel cable. Dark, sturdy, industrial strength. Through our friends we see ourselves.

Friends in-the-know update their jewellery because they are continuously improving their look Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 

It pays to be able to just swing in when in town, anytime day or evening.

 

Commissions come from everywhere, anywhere – simple conversations that friends have, in earshot Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 

Barbara and Anna swim regularly at the local pool, have early coffee and do writing exercises together.

This recycled gold and gem rejig of Vicki’s wedding ring set came about over a chance, counter exchange.

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