This lovely dress ring with her recycled diamonds is in the air going back to Melbourne, as I type Saturday, Oct 13 2018 

Maria decided to come up and A) meet us face to face B) collect her commissioned ring C) initiate the next piece, today.

Commission Maria McCarthy 2018 © Bh Ice Ray Lattice ring. Sculpted broad band of 22mm width tapers to 8mm at back with low domed profile. Upper section has overlay of asymmetric lattice design set with Maria’s x4 old mine cut diamonds 4=2.38ct and x4 baguette diamonds 4=0.37ct with x5 small single cut diamonds set at lattice intersections. Size P1/2. Finish bright burnished finish to upper layer with fine stipple texture to recessed areas. Cast and constructed in 18ct yellow gold with 18ct palladium white gold fine rub-over settings to the x8 larger diamonds.

Two separate friends, both clients sent Anne-Marie to us Tuesday, Oct 9 2018 

Out tumbled all this jewellery and gems – it was all reviewed, gem stones unset and the gold sold. Then client and jeweller sat down to plan a new use for the favoured things – one big ring . . .

© Bh – Commission Anne-Marie Halton. Wide low rounded band 20mm at top tapering to 8.5mm at back and set with Anne-Marie’s gems three larger diamonds 1=0.57ct, 1=0.13cts, 1=0.14cts, x 6 small rubies 6=0.17cts and x2 small diamonds 2=0.02cts plus x1 large cabochon cut star ruby 1=3.62ct. The four larger gems in rubover settings and the remainder hammer set. Design as per discussion. 18ct yellow gold, Size P. Matt and burnished finish.

 

 

Cameron turned up via a lovely client’s recommendation Tuesday, Sep 25 2018 

He had already done his research on our blog – his likes were: “Leigh Phillips’ ruby & diamond ring” and “Murray Mitchell’s swirly metal & gem ring” . . . great! He wanted “delicate proportions” “18ct palladium white gold” “use the two family sapphires” & we supplied an aquamarine, a diamond and another sapphire. It was so surprising, Cameron before looking at the finished ring took the box and formally proposed to Catherine right there in the studio! Shrieks all round . . . lovely happy outcome.

 

Fantastic double ring set using recycled gems and stories Tuesday, Sep 25 2018 

Many ways of wearing together, Flea won the diamond at a function, gifted amber and sapphires from her Mother and Mother in Law. We love creative ladies who come to the studio and “just do it” . . .

Commissioned ‘middle finger’ gem ring Saturday, Aug 11 2018 

O K for starters, the brief came from a Melbourne academic whose friend has a big gemmy ring by Barbara. Naomi loved the heaviness of it – the chunky gold, the multiple different shaped and coloured stones, and the sense of medieval reliquary it has. Then followed the caution – “find a solution that doesn’t replicate my friend’s ring” . . . I’ve counted 29 gem option scans, multiple response files and further options and design files as part of our extended communications.

Here is the final job description: © Bh Commissioned Renaissance gem ring for Naomi – Multi gem ring has her round brilliant cut large Garnet 1=4.17ct in central rub over setting with three smaller rub over set gems; round brilliant cut Spinels 2=1.05ct and a trillion cut green Sapphire 1=0.97ct in triangular symmetry interspersed with Naomi’s round brilliant cut Sapphires 3=0.26ct in rectangular sections. Broad tapering band has carved strap detail to shoulders. Ring dimensions 22x23x6.5mm. Size Q. Subtle detail to setting sides. Matt and burnished finish. 18ct yellow gold.

Here is our client’s response when the ring arrived yesterday:

“Barbara I have received it and I love it! Thank you so much – it’s breathtaking, really. What a moment when I unwrapped it!! It’s so heavy and decadent – exactly what I had hoped for, and right on brief. My son immediately said it was like a fortune-teller’s ring, which I also thought was pretty great.”

“So: Thanks for persevering with me and making the process so careful and exact, such that we ended up with this fantastic outcome! Very best, N”

Here is her selfie shot attached:

First, one of Mary’s necklaces back in the studio for a setting check and clean Thursday, Apr 26 2018 

 

The Cobb design and the final chunky yellow and white gold ring: Tuesday, Mar 27 2018 

It is easier for repeat clients to just go-for-it . . . it should be easier for new contacts also. Our blog reflects the commission process and the long list of requests turned into reality.

Most recent ‘signature’ bracelet commission © Bh 2018 Thursday, Mar 22 2018 

Practically every new client makes contact through a friend who is a client or via a positive piece of feedback. Sue G is a long time friend of Fiona K and mentioned the locket commission when she first made contact. We were in Sydney for another event and met up with her at the AGNSW restaurant where all her sentimental family material was pulled out and spread across the table. As usual we documented each piece and Barbara and Sue continued their communication via emails and phone calls. We also documented each stage of the process from metal melt to gems reset. We even posted the final piece as a movie on Instagram for the client view. Rather than send in an express post trackable satchel, Sue is waiting to collect her new bracelet when she visits us in Brisbane (with another couple of tasks). Lovely material – lovely client – lovely outcome (same old story) . . .

Studio visitors who heard the Radio National, Richard Fidler interview the second time it was broadcast Wednesday, Dec 27 2017 

Mother and Son looking to re-jig a family hoard – a few repairs first once everything was sighted and bagged ready for job bags in 2018. ” Barbara, is it possible to make this quite larger for me to wear”?

Our last job to be collected before holidays, tomorrow . . . HAPPY NEW YEAR IN ADVANCE!

Four days post the 2017 studio sale we are still selling as people call and email the studio Thursday, Dec 14 2017 

We have experienced our ‘best’ ever studio sale this year – in fact, this year I have only had 5 postal invites returned from our snail mail commissioner’s report. It does show how dedicated our customers are . . . it does also reflect on our seriously considered price points. It also shows that contemporary wearable design, generous amounts of high carat metal and our championing of real gems sets us apart from the easy-to-buy disposable high street market.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON . . .

Studio closes on the 20th December and we will reopen around the end of February 2018.

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