Barbara has many clients who are now considering where their jewellery goes and to whom Friday, May 27 2016 

Some clients even go further with their planning “Lets divide the collection into two parcels and have the jewellery components across two of your ‘in-line’ necklaces”? “I can wear them both until they are passed down to my two daughters” . . . “Move things around, separate the Sapphire pendant, use this Pearl from the Citrine safety pin and fit to the Sapphire” ” You decide what should go where”.

First action for Barbara was to individually asses each piece, the metal type, determine the gem and weigh it, bag everything and then design an arrangement answering her brief. Gold to be recycled for the additional chenier required. Sketch and cost the work and present to her client. Here are the two design renderings in one graphic.

The client collects today!

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The pic on the display stand above shows how the Gold and oxidised Silver chenier sections fall on the body. The scanned detail below has better focus and resolution but has been laid flat on the glass with a created shadow:

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Barbara’s latest ‘bib’ necklace goes to be sold at the MAYO festival next Friday evening Sunday, May 22 2016 

. . . so she has a week to let it go #jewellertothelost © Bh hand forged 935 argentium silver white jade bar and ring clasp 2016 #StMargaretsBrisbane

As soon as we make one of these, they seem to go home with someone Friday, Apr 29 2016 

Every time one of these is finished we wonder who will end up with it? These questions are never answered until the object is finally sold. Barbara’s latest Bib Necklace: this one is graced by a beautiful antique white jade Pi disk from Burma and two hand forged Silver symbols linked to the flat shaped and hammered neck pieces with her signature bar and ring clasp – all solid 925 bright Silver © Jeweller to the Lost, Brisbane.

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Our retailers are gearing up for 2016 ‘Mother’s Day’ – the Artisan on-line shop is up and running Friday, Apr 22 2016 

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New asymmetric Necklace and Pendant 925 Silver ‘rolo’ chain, long lozenge Onyx beads, solid Silver ‘melt’, rail and tab set tear drop Dendrite Quartz pendant, 18ct yellow Gold and oxidised Silver, Cartier clasp – purchase direct here (thanks to Jaala and everyone at Artisan, Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane.

The newest © Bh ‘in-line’ necklet was delivered early this week Thursday, Mar 24 2016 

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Three necklets; the lower one with the emerald and garnet used our client’s own gems and an array of Barbara’s small symbols in 18ct Yellow Gold. The middle one is the original ‘gem collar’ Barbara made to work out her concept. Padparascha Sapphires, BET Orange Sapphire and Brown Diamond with 18ct Yellow Gold and oxidised 925 Silver. After slight changes to the stringing, fabrication and bayonet clasp, we planned to keep this as a model in the studio for commissions only, then Barbara decided to keep this one for herself. The top necklet was the second off the bench and was to be held as the studio sample (but it has since been wrestled away from us) Australian Opal doublet, black Onyx square, antique rose-cut Diamond, Cambodian blue Zircon, Ceylon Sapphire cabochon, 18ct Yellow Gold and oxidised 925 Silver.

We have two more of these commissioned so far, all with client’s own gems and material.

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:

 

Who is interested in coming to a “jeweller to the lost” studio – Pearl Evening? Tuesday, Sep 15 2015 

The studio has been quietly using up our pearl stock for the past 12 years and we just surfaced to look to replenish material – we are shocked at availability and prices asked, locally and internationally. We usually buy at the annual Tucson Gem Fair and from the Hong Kong suppliers we know and trust. We have reviewed the situation, world-wide and made contact with all the trusted wholesalers here.

We have scooped mainly South Sea Pearls, from Australian and Pacific origin and long prized as the most lustrous material. These days Fresh Water Pearls are so in demand for the burgeoning Chinese Market that much of that supply is remaining in China. Suppliers here are not replenishing their stocks because of the higher prices asked at the source. Like the carat diamond market roller-coaster created by the newly emerging Chinese market six to eight years ago – its happening with pearls now, as well . . . we have quite a few clients interested in meeting our best local contact for a session in the studio. The first 10 contacts who respond to this will be advised the time and place, hopefully a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening around the mid to end of October 2015.

Our guest supplier (who owned his own pearl farm in Tahiti) will give an over-view of the industry, quality insights and make his collection available for our client’s to purchase direct. Clients can then communicate with Barbara to design and quote their options at a later date.

My mobile is 0431 464 470 or email to <male@co-opones.to>

I have already filled five of the ten places, so be quick please?

Numerous Pendants with shards of porcelain © Bh 2015 Thursday, Jul 16 2015 

All images of Pendants are to scale . . .

All set in solid 925 Silver with some elements oxidised Fine adjustable leather neck strap.

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.

Just priced these to sell out at our mid-year studio sale – June 20, 2015 Wednesday, May 27 2015 

Solid sterling silver hand forged neck rings © Bh (with 18ct yellow gold detail) Two smaller ones are hammered only while some larger ones are hammered with raised details.

One of our favourite clients has a Danish version of this that she says works-a-treat and has asked Barbara to make a more “jazzie version” just for her. When it worked so well she suggested Barbara make five more to share the Love . . .

 

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