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.

The brief says “melt all those things and use as much gold as you can” Wednesday, Aug 30 2017 

Solid gold and silver Signature Bracelet © Bh 2017 x6 symbols, checkerboard spinel, bar & ring clasp. Barbara posted a small movie to Instagram and it has over 300 views between finishing this last week and Andrea collecting today – Barbara’s handle is @barbyheath if you would like to view . . . I’ve posted the design below, these objects are planned with element discussed and finalised in great detail. Sometimes a client is on the other side of the world!

Wonderful commissioned © Bh Ring went to Melbourne tuesday evening and we awaited the call or email to say it was delivered safe . . . Thursday, Jul 13 2017 

Dear Barbara,

Just opened your parcel to find my GORGEOUS ring.

I love, love, LOVE it ! ! !

All I had hoped for and more . . .

Thank you so, so much.

best wishes,

Sarah

Since I posted this shot to my Instagram on June 21 its had 209 hits Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 

So pleased for K. T. Doyle

I’ve just finished a testimonial for her blog also . . . I secretly commissioned these work aprons after our nearly 30 year old EP ones just had to be replaced. We had to wait for a studio visitor to snap a pic. K. T. will be known to most of our clients who frequent our two studio sales per year as she is lovingly known as one of our Jeweller to the Lost (Bunnies).

Janice calls her necklace -“Re-Cycle the Lot” © Bh Friday, Apr 21 2017 

Barb says it could also be called ‘the family story’ as collectively the three Barker women and Barbara tackled how to re-work a table load of their treasures. This last piece comprised of earrings, brooches, loose gems and lovely coral beads is now completed and ready to be worn all over again.

 

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