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.

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.

Posting two hand carved cats cast in 18ct yellow gold Thursday, Apr 2 2015 

for a private Sydney client. Her two pets held close to her heart, with emerald faceted beads and a handmade start wire chain all made in the studio – Barbara Heath © Sautoir. Sorry that the photography isn’t up to our usual standard . . .

Handmade 18ct yellow gold ring © Bh with reticulated surface and integrated setting Thursday, Mar 26 2015 

Just a simple request, that Barbara do this herself – add a Queensland blue sapphire and don’t publish a name. 60th birthday ring – low profile band wider at top narrowing to back, has organic form with surface texture. Set with single round faceted sapphire 1=0.12ct 18ct yellow gold, size 0.

The first two weeks back in the studio – 1 multiple gem sale, 8 jobs finished and 6 design and quotes with clients Tuesday, Mar 17 2015 

Barbara and Tricia have cooked up a design inspired by her Native American Indian gem cuff, a recent  gift from her brother Paul. I sat working on the computer while they did their thing and I have to tell you how Tricia pushed the envelope with Barb, that Garnet offset is just pure genius! They have such great symbiotic, creative energy together . . . two lifetimes in the fashion business, Barbara says.

A large .pdf version of the rendered design is downloadable – here.

A closer detail of the rendering is pasted below:

 

A family affair – studio commissions rather than random finds while Christmas browsing Saturday, Dec 20 2014 

Lyn Taylor’s brief sheet starts with the date 1/10/2014 and notes delivery in time for Christmas wrapping . . . something for daughter Kate and two things for Lyn. Her large lace dish earrings with x10 of her old cut diamonds, her rubies and recycle her three family rings, white enamel fusion in 18ct yellow gold with those easy-to-wear hooks that Barbara and Juan-luis do so well.

The studio buys back the gold, unsets the stones, weighs and notes the gem details and uses refined gold for its purity. The rings were possibly from early 1900s but the diamonds were from much earlier times, being old rose cuts probably recycled when the rings were made. The diamonds were lovely and clear as were the rubies. We sourced more 2.5mm rubies to get the symmetry right. A large .pdf is here.

Lyn’s wide ‘saddle style’ ring (detail below) with her gold filigree removed from old ring and reapplied to a new © Bh ring with oxidised silver finish.

Kates new ring below using her Amethyst, (11.5mm x 7mm scissor cut 1=3.00ct) set into a tapered rectangular box setting, fitted low for protection and held with x4 claws. Setting is fitted to © Bh ‘cheapside style’ band with each shoulder junction having a cluster of beads as detail in organic style – set with yellow Sapphires and Tzavorite Garnets. 9ct palladium white gold with burnished finish.

I’m busy scanning and preparing posts while the two jewellers slog away on the final makes for the year. A few dedicated commissioners have opted to wait until the new year. More studio visitors who have returned to family here have visited and picked up gifts – most work is reconsigned to our three retailers but we keep studio favourites here for the next five days, right up to Christmas eve.

State Library of Queensland has a small selection of brooches from ‘Tinker Tailor’ on show now Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

Proceed to the second floor and in a lovely long showcase you will find the stories of the women selected, their field of endeavour and the contemporary jeweller’s brooch that was produced in response to their story.

Artisan was responsible for initiating this knockout show and they then travelled this exhibition to eleven regional venues throughout Australia 2012–2013. Curated by Kirsten Fitzpatrick, tour managed by Simone Jones, essays by Dorothy Erickson, Kirsten and Evie Franzidis with photography by Rod Buchholz & Andrea Higgins. The catalogue (published twice) was designed by Melanie Schafer. ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor – 100 women, 100 brooches, 100 stories” – remains an inspired local arts initiative, one that 100 individual jewellers are all proud to be part of as I know Barbara was.

Our annual ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ commissioners + friends, two day studio sale starts tomorrow at 10:00am Friday, Dec 5 2014 

Special makes, stock returned from retailers, some vintage 80’s and 90’s Barbara items, some gem fiends only concentrate on gem stock – everything at wholesale and less until the studio closes for the summer break. This annual event helps us clear the stock trays and assists new year metal and gem purchases, it also enables collectors and fans to stock up on another signature piece while others are here for three or more well-priced gifts.

Additional pic selection: – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8

The next masterpiece for our long time commissioner known as ‘pink lady’ Tuesday, Dec 2 2014 

The ‘Black Garland Ring’ using recycled diamonds from her mother – in Barbara’s language: Commissioned (everyday) gem cluster design has close groupings of various sized discs, four diamond pavé, six diamond pavé, large round brilliant diamond and large oval brilliant diamond with three black shakudo discs – arranged in a low curve across the finger. All fitted to formed underrail and diamond set band of rounded tapering profile. Polished finish in 18ct palladium white gold.

Commissioned eternity ring collected today and on its way to Hobart soon Monday, Dec 1 2014 

The first ring commissioned by Cliff and Laura Hurburgh is fully covered in a previous post – here. 2007 seems a long time ago and seven years later we were delighted to receive an email and then a studio visit from Laura wanting more quality sapphires and diamonds for her next Barbara Heath piece. A very pleasant time looking at all the ring style models, internet images and wholesale gems here in the studio – another carved ‘London Bridge’ style, square and round stone array is designed, created, set and finished in time for the family’s move to Hobart.

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