Gold south sea pearl, diamond and gem commissioned ring went home with its new owner last night Friday, Oct 28 2016 

© Bh – Commission “inheritance” Ring. Gold South Sea Pearl BU G2 11.7mm in beaded rub-over setting has 18mm collar surround set with 5= 1.53ct princess cut Spessartite Garnets 3.5mm and 5=0.25ct round brilliant cut white diamonds 2.3mm F/G Vs set in low rub-over settings. Ring has fine ‘granulation’ and beaded wire detailing in the manner of ancient Etruscan goldsmithing. Band is 10mm wide at top and tapering to 6mm at back. 18ct and 22ct gold matt finish with burnished detail. Size L More pics here and here

Many © Bh commissions come with little extra requests Friday, Sep 23 2016 

So many clients who follow us, earnestly watch what we do for others and this leads to small requests – “Barbara, you know that extended block bail you did for ( X ), would that work for this baroque Pearl I love but have never been able to wear”?


The studio finishes the first of two © Bh ‘in-line’ commissioned necklaces today Friday, Sep 23 2016 


Here is the design worked up with material scanned at same size – no names at this stage, oxidised Silver and 18ct yellow Gold with bayonet clasp. Recycling these rare and sentimental elements from more than one lifetime, is becoming a speciality of Barbara’s.

The second large commission to reconfigure how Andrea wears some of her jewellery Thursday, Aug 4 2016 

Barbara broke up numerous wonderful things that just didn’t work . . . she does this a lot of late. I’m sworn not to divulge jeweller’s names – the Tahitian pearl strand never looked so good . . . the two front strung lengths are each removable. Reconstituted emotive material with an eye to handing down.

Just costed and consigned these to the upcoming ‘mayo’ festival at St Margaret’s Friday, May 6 2016 

Barbara makes everything locally with Juan-Luis, her other permanent studio jeweller and Dimitar, our off-site back-up. Keeping up stock to our three retailers is hard these days as our lovely ‘commission’ clients are now initiating jewels into their family’s third generation. Most new business comes from word-of-mouth and my daughter’s extended set of fashionistas . . . these flower earrings usually go as soon as they are seen out and about.


Earrings – flower ‘daisy’ plain 9ct yellow gold pink fresh water pearl central hook


Earrings – flower ‘daisy’ plain 925 silver pink fresh water pearl central hook


An impressive orange ‘Melo Pearl’ weighing 68.75 carats and measuring 20.6mm x 24.0mm; together with the original bailer shell in which the pearl was formed Wednesday, May 4 2016 

June 14, 2000 at the King Street premises of Christies auctions – sale #6325/lot#127 – the price realised amounted to $28,332.00 + the 17% vat.

Surprise, the conch shell was scooped from the pacific ocean in a fishing net near (K’gari) Fraser Island in March 1990. It took ten years to get to market, I wonder how many hands it passed through on the way? Got to wonder who purchased it and what they have done with it . . . sitting in a safety deposit box or set to be worn? Barbara wonders how she would have responded to the owner’s brief?


It is a common misconception that pearls are only produced by the pearl oyster. Some of the largest and most beautiful pearls, known as ‘melo’ pearls, are produced by the Melo Volute. These marine gastropods tend to congregate in deep waters but numbers are limited due to ecological influences. The pearls are produced within the protective polished interior of the shell, which accounts for the well-matched characteristic fibrous surface and the orange hue of both the pearl and the shell.

There is a lack of information on these gems, partly due to the fact that, for centuries, they have had greater appreciation in the East rather than the West. Christies believed that this was the first time a ‘melo’ pearl and its host have been offered together as a complete entity in a sale – subsequently realising a further £6,000.00 over their high estimate figure.

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.

Pearls ruled in Brisbane last night, invitation only previews at Barbara Heath studio and the old museum building with Maxima by Paspaley Thursday, Oct 22 2015 

@barbyheath #jeweller_to_the_lost – one cabinet detail one bracelet – first set up shot:

This Saturday August 1 is the mid-year GOMA ‘winter design market’ – we will be there 9:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday, Jul 28 2015 

We will be there with our usual generous metal jewellery, our yummy gem stock at (below wholesale) for one day only + new works (at wholesale) recently returned from Barbara’s Tasmanian show – “Midland’s Lepidoptera”. Do please spread the word and we hope to see you!

We sold this large oval faceted (unusual) coloured Topaz to a client in Melbourne over the telephone Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 

Our Sydney friend and gem dealer, Gerard Walsh showed us this gem and malE said he had a client who would buy it in a flash only she resides in Melbourne. We called and offered it for our buy price as we would surely gain a commission to present such an eye-opener – and we sold it over the telephone.

Here is the description “Large oval faceted Topaz with unusual colour characteristics, from a gemological perspective this stone shows combinations/locations of colour centres in the crystallographic structure of the stone. 1=63.77ct L 28.6mm x W 22.5mm D 10.9mm”  Not a Swiss blue and not a London Blue but with its own unique colour.

Hand made setting in raised ‘Leaf Lattice Basket’ design © Bh in Argentium Silver with Barbara’s signature ‘S Hook’ clasp with added ‘Leaf Lattice’ elements. Strung with Mary-Anne’s own graduated Baroque Pearl strand. This lovely necklace jets away today to Melbourne to join many more Barbara Heath pieces in her collection.


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