Christmas time preparation brings out clients who visit the studio with commissions, questions and requests for cleaning and re-jigs Friday, Nov 10 2017 

We take these requests on with pleasure . . .

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Here is a section of the studio stock ‘lay-down’ for the QAGOMA christmas design market in two weeks time Friday, Nov 10 2017 

Saturday November 25th we will be in our usual position under the awning of the GOMA bookstore with all our discounted makes for the year. Wholesale and less is the theme of the day . . . 9:00am to 4:00pm so please diarise and we hope to serve you on the day . . .

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:

 

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.

June 2015 is indeed filling up with important dates, here is another one: Monday, May 25 2015 

Saturday June 14 (11:00am–5:00pm) is the ‘Study Day’ for the Society of Jewellery Historians at Haughton International Fairs: Art Antiques London.

Two of our fave raves- Jack Ogden and Hazel Forsyth are both speaking. Each society member can bring one guest for £35.00 so give us a call if you want admission.

The Spring Issue (#23) of “Jewellery History Today” just arrived and there is a small interesting article by Boris Gorelik drawing on hitherto unexplored sources from 1905–10 regarding the true story of the Cullinan Diamond. Pictured below is Joseph Asscher making the first cleavage in the said Diamond, 10th February 1908. Nine different gemstones were cut from the original found crystal and all are in the Queen’s ceremonial jewels. Every other tiny fragment from the crystal was returned to the National Geoscience Museum in Pretoria.

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We have one London Asscher cut Sapphire in our studio stock, wonderful!

Trisha’s new © Bh ‘Bib Necklace’ was delivered last Friday afternoon – celebrated with a glass of Pinot Grigio as Barb told me when she arrived home Tuesday, Apr 21 2015 

Did you miss the previous post on this design, full details – click here

This is all hand fabricated from the new 935 Argentium Silver that resists tarnishing, three shaped segments with sections highly polished and oxidised. Gems set in raised constructed settings with over-the-lobe © Bh Earrings that have clip on fittings. They texted a photo as Trisha tried it on, wonderful client and another first for the studio team . . .

We hosted a studio visit the first day we returned back from holidays Wednesday, Apr 18 2012 

We have had lots to do with Joan over the years, we both have a great mention in her most recent 2009 publication . . . as does Rhyl Hinwood and others. The group doesn’t have a formal name but uses “the first wednesday of the month” where they visit or meet with someone interesting. We so much enjoyed the spirited and enthusiastic visitor’s questions and comments about our work and workspace. In selecting a shot to accompany this post I dug deep into the second level of the glass cake cabinet holding all manner of booty to shoot a selection of the crystal collection. Thanks to every visitor on the day: Joan Burton-Jones, Elizabeth Teeland, Rhyl Hinwood, Lyn Baxter, Hilary Galbraith, Jackie Bell, Liisa Von Hellens, Pam Chick, Judie Bellingham, Janet Thornton, and Ann Tanner who have all left contact details to join the Jeweller to the Lost database.