A reminder for 2015 mid-year studio sale tomorrow Friday, Jun 19 2015 

Andrea Higgins shot us together in a series for “Sufferance” at the State Library of Queensland back in 2005 where we showed our stainless steel artist book.

Classic © Bh pieces from the past, returned baubles from retailers and new work can be purchased Saturday June 20 from the garden studio 9:00am to 5:00pm. This is one of two sales we run per year and the one tomorrow is invitation per social media and our client’s email spread only. Our yearly report to commissioners and the usual snail mail invite will appear for our December sale . . . hope to welcome client’s and their friends tomorrow.

The same day that the previous commission was collected from the studio we received excited texts from Freemantle in Western Australia – two more commissions were collected at the post office, there. Tuesday, Jun 9 2015 

1) Barbara’s © Bar and Ring clasp is such a successful solution to stringing pearls and beads . . . worn to the front as a statement. Susan’s favourite oval moonstone set in an Argentium rub over setting and her Mother’s Akoya pearl strand reduced to a choker length, knotted and restrung.

2) Little finger signet ring set with a single old cut diamond from Susan’s Great-Grandfather. Design has the diamond set low, in an oval textured cartouche on a new style reeded band in 18ct palladium white gold.

Wendy’s two rings + Nigel’s interlocking set © Bh 2015 + two older style links Saturday, Jun 6 2015 

Platinum wedding band, double leaf lattice with Rubies.

Interlocking squares & circles, newer low version.

Visitors to the studio wishing to commission have two resources to use at the brief stage – our viewable records of makes and styles are all on the blog which are used night and day by people all over the world, the two below which were precursors for the rings above. The other resource we use are the three boxes full of silver models that show bands, settings and styles. These are used by Wendy George & Nigel Wilson during their meetings with Barbara to envisage their wedding ring commission. I hadn’t met them until the handover ceremony, I sit behind a wall (unseen) and listen intently as objects are viewed, tried on and I hear all the accompanying excited reactions by folk as they receive their loaded jewels. Wendy & Nigel were just so thrilled I have to add, especially as he isn’t a ring wearer, he says . . .

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

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.

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