Now this is a first – K B is in Darwin and wants to see her new ‘survivor’ pendant commissioned from Barbara Heath Friday, Aug 17 2012 

 

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The studio rule is that the client must view and accept the piece before I’m allowed to post to the world. Kerry is a seasoned (jeweller to the Lost) commissioner and knows the ropes only she can’t wait to see the piece, great! Here is the original design (never posted) but shared via email with the client and following is Barbara’s job bag description.

© Bh Commission – ‘Survivor Pendant’ – A circular Pearlshell disc 30mm dia. set in a fine 18ct white gold frame has ‘floating’ gems set into the surface; long rectangular Quartz cabochon with phantom crystal inclusion, Purple Sapphire emerald cut 1= 0.30ct set in 18ct pink gold and KB’s Grandmother’s diamond in its original Platinum setting. A textured bar irregularly set with x5 small diamonds (as supplied) which intersects the circle at the top forming the bail to suspend the pendant. Black neoprene necklet with bayonet clasp.

Only one mermaid will be able to dive into this aqua pool of a ring, will it be you? Tuesday, May 29 2012 

Another two men’s pendant pieces for the same great bloke Wednesday, Feb 22 2012 

Leigh Phillips is a long-term client who has purchased Barbara’s pieces for his wife Cynthia and for himself. The annual studio sale brings them to Brisbane and sales are made and commissions are started. Leigh wanted a chain and a bale made to wear his New Zealand carved Jade piece, shown above. This is a great design, not only circular in shape but with an exquisite wave motif mirrored to contain and hold the power. Barbara made a handforged silver bale and did the reticulated surface to match another pendant and necklace Leigh bought from our Studio stock, shown below.

Again, Leigh scooped the stock sitting here about to be consigned to our web-based retailer. The Silver pendant is all hand forged and reticulated with a large oval polished piece of Variscite from the Candalaria Mine in Nevada, supplied by Richard & Helen Schull from ‘out of our mines‘.

A tip-off, what’s in store at Bonhams NYC 27 May 2010, one item in particular, for all gem loving typographers Sunday, May 2 2010 

For the designer/typographer/collector who has a spare $10k and isn’t paying off some clock of distinction:
Bonhams Sale 18252 – Natural History, 27 May 2010
580 Madison Avenue, New York
Lot No: 1328
Natural Agate Alphabet
Indonesia
There are only five complete natural agate alphabet sets known to have been assembled and the present set is one of them. Through perseverance and hard work the lapidary artist has cut these twenty-six cabochons from large pieces of natural translucent agate that contained iron-stained fractures. Typically, these natural inclusions in the agate take the form of an abstract pattern or cross, but with great care, the lapidary artist can observe where the stained fractures form shapes which are more interesting, and then orient the cabochon so that those shapes appear as letters. It can take many years to assemble a set such as this as only a few agate “letters” are found each year. Certain letters, such as Q and R, are especially difficult to find. Truly a wonder of nature and a fascinating item for those loving natural history curiosities, heights approximately 10mm.
Estimate: $7,000 – 10,000
Contact the Specialist to discuss this lot or selling in a future sale
Email: Thomas Heitkamp
Tel: 323-436-5437

Back in the studio after 10 years in the field – check settings, slightly smaller and a clean Friday, Sep 4 2009 

18ct Yellow Gold, Champagne Diamond and brilliant cut white Diamonds © Bh 1999

Many hands make light work Friday, Jul 3 2009 

The bigger version is the downloadable .pdf – here Another internet commission from great clients who reside in Sydney and do their bespoke shopping via emails and the web.

Update: 27-8-2009 Krista sent a thank-you card today – one that was so carefully chosen & came with such choice words. A small version below:

Two rings refurbished (and a myth busted), all for our friend and client – Jane Grealy Thursday, Apr 23 2009 

First, here’s the email Jane sent to a few friends as she excitedly informed them of her visit to Barbara’s studio that day:

Subject: on the chopping block…along with an urban myth. “I had to have some repairs done on my engagement ring so I thought I should take the opportunity to get my wedding ring enlarged as I haven’t been able to take it off my finger for quite a while. It had to be cut off by Juan-luis Gonzalez! Quite a disturbing experience – seen below closely supervised by Barbara Heath in her studio. Beth and I (and Thomas) greatly enjoyed the visit as Barbara allowed us to pour over her superb collection of jewels. So we should direct Thomas towards a career as a jeweler perhaps – he certainly showed much interest in the sparkly bits . . . Barbara also dispelled the myth (told at Justin’s wedding) about having to have your finger amputated (and sewn back on) if you had a titanium wedding ring as a titanium ring couldn’t be cut  i.e. if you really loved me you would wear a titanium wedding ring . . . did I really believe that…?!! Titanium can be cut”. Signed Jane

There are instruments to cut rings from fingers, Juan-luis reversed the blade direction in the saw, slipped the blade under the ring, fixed the blade into the saw and pushing and pulling in an upwards direction cut through the band. Both the the engagement and wedding bands were resized and finished. The setting and gem were checked and reset.

Client request: Repolish the gem, keep the old gold setting and give me one of your © Bh Roman Claw settings in 18ct yellow Gold Thursday, Apr 23 2009 

Janice Hiller bought the large Parti Sapphire for a song and came straight around with the ink on the receipt still wet . . . and set the commission in motion on the same day.

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