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.

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.

Designer and Jeweller collaborate, use recycled jewellery, create silver sculptured fox pendant and cut up some of the gold objects Thursday, Jul 7 2016 

New textured pavé ring commissioned using her 29 diamonds and her ruby Monday, Jun 27 2016 

The job bag description says it all: © Bh Commission Ring for J. H. – low rounded profile band has textured finish with 29 x diamonds and 1 x ruby, pavé flush set to upper half. Band tapers to back of finger. 18ct palladium white gold. Size S1/2 Further shots here and here.

There is always a caution when using older jewellery and stones: We cost our work as trade jewellers and charge wholesale plus GST. When a client provides jewellery to recycle or revise – we will be working with materials of unknown condition and quality. It is our policy to report on what we find and your responsibility to accept the risk.

 

We are working our way through her jewellery collection, revamping as we go Saturday, Jun 11 2016 

Commission © Bh –  Marquise cut Ruby as supplied set in low tapered partial rub-over setting aligned across hand. ‘Chenier’ style band, narrower and rounded to top increasing slightly in width and flatter to back. Band has 18 round brilliant cut diamonds as supplied, flush set in irregular pattern ‘like stars’. 18ct rose gold with matt and polished detail. Size Q1/2 – click here for a larger shot.

A busy week taken up by new designs and these two commissioned rings Monday, Jun 6 2016 

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Redesigning her wedding ring and making a new one for him. To celebrate their anniversary . . . using two of their diamonds and adding a third to narrate a life, a family and a love continuing. An overlaid 18ct yellow gold ‘ice ray’ lattice on an 18ct white gold band. The design represents life’s paths and connections. For Josephine, the diamonds represent her loved ones. A composite shot of her ring here a different treatment here and a final top shot here.

A very satisfying commission with a wonderful articulate couple; Peter and Josephine Hill, a fabulous pair of rings even if their complexity pushed us at times in the planning and the make stages.

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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The Neville Bonner building is being demolished to make way for the new Queen’s Wharf precinct Wednesday, May 4 2016 

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After only 16 years of life, multiple architectural awards, our site-specific sculpture entitled ‘net’ and many other public artworks in situ are now in limbo. Although owned by the Queensland Government we do have artist’s moral rights to the work. We do have a say as to its future use and placement when that time comes. Our original curator, Jacqueline Armitstead is working on every artist’s behalf at this time to see a legitimate outcome for all the artworks.

The building’s demise as reported:

Name tower of power after Neville Bonner:

The LNP Opposition has a Labor ally in Curtis Pitt. But only when it comes to continuing to honour the nation’s first indigenous person to become a member of the federal parliament. Neville Bonner, an elder of the Jagera people, became the first indigenous Senator in 1971 when he was chosen to fill a casual Liberal vacancy, and the first indigenous Senator to be elected in their own right by popular vote in 1972 up until 1980, finishing up in the Senate in 1983 as an independent.  In 1999 the award-winning Neville Bonner building was officially opened. It houses the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Come 2017 it is slated for demolition as part of the Queens Wharf precinct along with the Executive Building and the next door Public Works building. The federal electorate of Bonner was named for the state’s groundbreaking politician in 2004, but Opposition state development spokesman Tim Nicholls said Mr Bonner deserved further recognition.

“When we see the demolition of the old Neville Bonner building, that 1 William Street, which of course is the catalyst for this development, being renamed perhaps the Neville Bonner building in honour of a great Liberal Senator, the first indigenous Liberal Senator coming from Queensland,” he said. And Treasurer Curtis Pitt, who holds the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships portfolio, agreed. “I think people across all sides of politics have the greatest respect for Neville Bonner and in fact, I myself got to serve as the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships in the Neville Bonner building and have my office there – it certainly wasn’t lost on me the significance of that,” he said. “Given that the Neville Bonner building will be demolished as part of the overall re-development in terms of Queen’s Wharf, clearly there is going to need to be some recognition, on-going, of Mr Bonner’s great contribution to public life in Queensland. “Of course, it is not a decision that I can make, but I, of course, like many people, want to see that legacy that he has left in Queensland is recognised in some way going forward. “Mr Bonner’s great-niece, Queensland Senator Joanna Lindgren, said her late uncle would have approved of the progress represented by the Queens Wharf development. “The building named after him, that currently stands in the Queens Wharf precinct is from another generation and Uncle Neville would be the first to say that progress is needed,” Senator Lindgren said. “I would be very honoured if the new executive building is named in his memory, and I am also very pleased that with the removal of the old building, a great initiative of redevelopment and job creation implemented by the former LNP government can commence. “1 William Street, nicknamed the “tower of power”, is still without an official name.  The government and larger public service departments are due to move in next year, with the building scheduled for completion at the end of 2016. BRISBANE TIMES JULY 2015

The future as envisioned in (1), (2), (3) and (4) renderings. The architectural fraternity is quite polarised by this proposal, it will see one of our earliest colonial buildings entirely covered by street  scape.

The studio has blazed a trail through new commissions since we started back for 2016, here a a few recent ring designs Thursday, Apr 7 2016 

Names withheld for the moment – one approved this morning(below), one to be started next week (next drawing) and one still awaiting a response.

 

 

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.

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