We are slowly preparing new Earrings for stock, see you all at QAGOMA Saturday July 8 Thursday, May 18 2017 

Barbara calls this version ‘on the ear’ – twin gem earrings © Barbara Heath 2017 High square African Aquamarine cabochon 2=3.27ct freshwater Keshi Pearls 9ct yellow and white gold Hooks. Please save the date as this is our first announcement . . .

So many people got in touch yesterday to tell us that Quentin was on the ABC television wearing her commissioned earrings and matching brooch by Barbara Heath Friday, Apr 21 2017 

One of Australia’s most high-profile women of integrity, a close friend of Marjory Millburn (Barbara’s first commission client). Her matching © Bh Pyramid Lattice earrings and brooch have graced many a public and private gathering – worn well with style and we are devoted fans.

Sue saw something similar in the city and came straight to the studio Thursday, Apr 13 2017 

Barbara and Sue worked out an ‘every day’ functional design and a make that maximised the metal, one that finally incorporated her large baroque Tahitian Pearl and the pear cut Andalucite she had tucked away. Both gems were studio finds here from sales past . . .

Some of Heather’s diamonds and pearls re-cycled for her daughter Kate Friday, Dec 30 2016 

We call this style – Gem Jumbles, just a real crafty way to use the material in their original settings © Bh 2016

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”?

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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