The studio has completed three of the four rings in the set, two collected yesterday Friday, Nov 20 2015 

I have posted on this commission before, it is featured on our 2015 commissioner’s report also this year. Every diamond ring from her earlier life was scrapped and Barbara’s funky version of our ‘London Bridge’ design was chosen for her re-styled engagement ring (centre). The set is now extended with these two ‘Channel Set’ wedding rings, remade using all of her existing diamonds. This type of commission can invigorate a person’s future journey while retaining intimate material worn close for so many years . . . restyled . . . intimate . . . made fashionable again . . . future proof.

I have three other shots – onetwothree.

New © Bh ‘tapered block’ setting for South Sea pearl earrings – ready for our annual studio sale Sunday, Nov 15 2015 

Long drop White SP BW2 – round 12mm 18ct yellow gold with rbc champagne diamonds 2=0.32ct (left) Long drop Tahitian SB B – round 13mm 18ct palladium white gold (right) Background is a colour and size graduated South Sea pearl pendant commission awaiting the client’s viewing and collection.

Email requests are pouring in . . . advance dates for our ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ studio sale this year Saturday, Nov 7 2015 

School holidays and the usual exodus from Brisbane means that we miss some folk, we are going a week later this year. Please diarise these dates: SAT DEC 12 & SUN DEC 13 2015. The mailout is under construction, there are maybe 7 commissions still to be listed. I’ve finished the vision cull and this is the rear image for the snail mail piece reviewing the year.

*email me your home address if you have changed details in the last 12 months <>

Recycled briefs are so interesting in that – with design options and feedback they have their own journey Monday, Nov 2 2015 

What started with a request for designs for Mary’s mutton fat jade beads went in another direction, second meeting when her four beautiful old cut Diamonds and a pair of oval Ceylon sapphires dropped onto Barbara’s desk. “Maybe make a lovely pendant for my daughter-in-law with these, then?” Designs were drawn up, diamonds sourced and the task quoted.

Feedback suggested earrings would be more appropriate, additional design and quoting:

Commission ©Bh  – Drop Earrings with Mary’s old cut diamonds (4=1.2cts) and pair of oval Ceylon Sapphires (2=2.28ct). Delicate design as sketched has diamond set stud with post and butterfly fitting above linked drop diamond with linked Sapphire below. All settings in fine open backed four prong style. 18ct palladium white gold with polished finish. Length 20mm.


New ‘three ring set’ © Bh 2015 – ready to be consigned to our retailers Wednesday, Oct 7 2015 

. . . the question who will receive it and then who will take them home?

All 18ct yellow gold, square and three-quarter round bands by Jeweller to the Lost. Round brilliant cut black diamond and BET yellow sapphire with princess cut BET orange sapphire. Wear them which-ever-way . . . just wear ’em I say!

How do you like our new ring sets shown Monday, Oct 5 2015 

Horizontal . . .

or vertical?

Ready to send to our stockists:

Top – © Bh Four Ring Set 18ct White and Yellow Gold. Round and square profile bands. Chrome Tourmaline Green and yellow Sapphires Brown Diamond.

Bottom – © Bh Four Ring Set 18ct Rose and Yellow Gold. Twist round and square profile bands. Pink Sapphire, Padparasha Sapphires Brown Diamond.

Her sixteen pieces of old jewellery transformed into a new wearable necklet Wednesday, Sep 30 2015 

Barbara made the first ‘In-Line’ necklet to fully develop her idea using elements from her symbol language and quirky gems from our collection. Barbara made the first one for herself. Once the new necklace clasp and elements were resolved, we decided to retain it in the studio for visitors to see the concept. As we are spending the majority of bench time making for our studio commission clients, the opportunity to create big ticket stock items is limited. We have kept this concept as a “made to order” only.

Larger shot – here, snapshot on a jewellery shoulder – here . . . and a detail below:


Another solitaire engagement ring starting with the © Bh ‘moebius’ style and topped with a terrific diamond Tuesday, Sep 22 2015 

Marty and Phoebe started with diamond cluster ideas but ended up selecting an 18ct rose gold Moebius band, we are thrilled as quite a few young funsters have gravitated towards to this sinuous twisting style of late. Topped with a platinum rub-over setting and the band having a polished finish. The round brilliant cut supplied by the Jeweller to the Lost studio has a GIA certificate with a drawn profile of the actual proportions – nice!

Phoebe’s first Instagram post is below: and a link to her second post – here.

Second daughter turns 21 – special commission number 2 via email Tuesday, Sep 15 2015 

Long time clients and commissioners, the Phillips family at Avalon NSW have initiated another ring discussion – Hey Barbara, Hi and I hope all is well.  Well number 2 daughter is turning 21 on 7th September and I wondered it you would be interested in creating a ring for her.  We have another old ring with some diamonds in it from Garry’s mother and a small ruby which Garry bought home from one of his trips. This daughter (and there are 2 more after this) is tall, blond and strong, physically and personality, a little loud and a bit quirky (if that is the word). She is at Uni doing nursing/arts and loves fashion.  She is actually her grandmother reincarnated (I’m sure, never wrong, slams car doors, an off beat sense of humour). Please let me know what you think. Cheers Flick”

Short time frame, I send down overnight a plastic finger measurer which comes back size-locked with the gem and the old ring as a concept starter. We quickly review and send sketches, most designs will exceed the budget allocated but Barbara pushes on knowing it will end up right for the family.


A carved and textured band with floral settings and chunks of older rings with settings intact, merged with the © Bh band. Ruby, Diamonds, 9ct rose gold and intact platinum setting merged with band.

This matching set of trillion-cut Rubellite Tourmalines have sat in the gem collection for the last nine years Wednesday, Sep 2 2015 

Originally sourced from “Mr Coloured Gem” – George Palos, numerous clients and Barbara alike have circled them in anticipation . . . but our Sydney client swooped when on a recent commissioning visit. It was simple: “make me a pair of those beautiful Buds that just hang so well”. “This round brilliant cut Argyle diamond, can you source and match another one and make them the central element + your lovely 18ct yellow gold constructions”.

Commission Earrings © Bh 2015  Set of eight matching trillion-cut Rubellites 8=5.88ct in four petal openwork ‘Bud’ design with single round brilliant cut Argyle diamonds 2=0.32ct at centre. Hinged hook with safety catch. Hand constructed 18ct yellow gold. Approx 15mm diameter.

There are a few significant factors here: First, you just can’t go out and buy eight matching stones, these were sourced and cut under the gemologist’s keen scrutiny (thanks George). Although the “Bud’ design was originally created by Barbara and brought to realisation through a series of clever tension cuts to the petals by Juan-Luis in the studio. The actual realisation of this commission was via a domed and pierced gold plate which became a floating setting for the Rubellites. The angles, the balance, the measured and secure clasp are all studio secrets.

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