Another solitaire engagement ring starting with the © Bh ‘moebius’ style and topped with a terrific diamond Tuesday, Sep 22 2015 

Marty and Phoebe started with diamond cluster ideas but ended up selecting an 18ct rose gold Moebius band, we are thrilled as quite a few young funsters have gravitated towards to this sinuous twisting style of late. Topped with a platinum rub-over setting and the band having a polished finish. The round brilliant cut supplied by the Jeweller to the Lost studio has a GIA certificate with a drawn profile of the actual proportions – nice!

Phoebe’s first Instagram post is below: and a link to her second post – here.

Who is interested in coming to a “jeweller to the lost” studio – Pearl Evening? Tuesday, Sep 15 2015 

The studio has been quietly using up our pearl stock for the past 12 years and we just surfaced to look to replenish material – we are shocked at availability and prices asked, locally and internationally. We usually buy at the annual Tucson Gem Fair and from the Hong Kong suppliers we know and trust. We have reviewed the situation, world-wide and made contact with all the trusted wholesalers here.

We have scooped mainly South Sea Pearls, from Australian and Pacific origin and long prized as the most lustrous material. These days Fresh Water Pearls are so in demand for the burgeoning Chinese Market that much of that supply is remaining in China. Suppliers here are not replenishing their stocks because of the higher prices asked at the source. Like the carat diamond market roller-coaster created by the newly emerging Chinese market six to eight years ago – its happening with pearls now, as well . . . we have quite a few clients interested in meeting our best local contact for a session in the studio. The first 10 contacts who respond to this will be advised the time and place, hopefully a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening around the mid to end of October 2015.

Our guest supplier (who owned his own pearl farm in Tahiti) will give an over-view of the industry, quality insights and make his collection available for our client’s to purchase direct. Clients can then communicate with Barbara to design and quote their options at a later date.

My mobile is 0431 464 470 or email to <>

I have already filled five of the ten places, so be quick please?

Second daughter turns 21 – special commission number 2 via email Tuesday, Sep 15 2015 

Long time clients and commissioners, the Phillips family at Avalon NSW have initiated another ring discussion – Hey Barbara, Hi and I hope all is well.  Well number 2 daughter is turning 21 on 7th September and I wondered it you would be interested in creating a ring for her.  We have another old ring with some diamonds in it from Garry’s mother and a small ruby which Garry bought home from one of his trips. This daughter (and there are 2 more after this) is tall, blond and strong, physically and personality, a little loud and a bit quirky (if that is the word). She is at Uni doing nursing/arts and loves fashion.  She is actually her grandmother reincarnated (I’m sure, never wrong, slams car doors, an off beat sense of humour). Please let me know what you think. Cheers Flick”

Short time frame, I send down overnight a plastic finger measurer which comes back size-locked with the gem and the old ring as a concept starter. We quickly review and send sketches, most designs will exceed the budget allocated but Barbara pushes on knowing it will end up right for the family.


A carved and textured band with floral settings and chunks of older rings with settings intact, merged with the © Bh band. Ruby, Diamonds, 9ct rose gold and intact platinum setting merged with band.

The second ring of four delivered yesterday Wednesday, Aug 26 2015 

Our client, a retired dermatologist, had already spent months of research into why all her white gold rings were setting off an allergic reaction.
Barbara and her client worked further on her finding the presence of Iridium either in the metal mix or as a component of the solder was the culprit.
Our metal suppliers complied with their own review, no Iridium present in our metal mix.

Barbara made a simple ring for our client to trial – a  road test of sorts.
We are in the process of deconstructing all her rings now and have set about redesigning them.
The studio found excess solder lapping the ring joints in her older jewellery, made by a local jewellery retailer.

The word came back after a trip abroad – no reaction to our band.
So we started the first remake of her five stone engagement ring. Created in a ‘London Bridge’ © Bh design and precision construction in the studio to seat all the diamonds in a perfect arc.
The finishing and setting required no soldering whatever.

Two down and two to go . . .

Four rings made with porcelain shards © Bh 2015 Thursday, Jul 16 2015 

The same day that the previous commission was collected from the studio we received excited texts from Freemantle in Western Australia – two more commissions were collected at the post office, there. Tuesday, Jun 9 2015 

1) Barbara’s © Bar and Ring clasp is such a successful solution to stringing pearls and beads . . . worn to the front as a statement. Susan’s favourite oval moonstone set in an Argentium rub over setting and her Mother’s Akoya pearl strand reduced to a choker length, knotted and restrung.

2) Little finger signet ring set with a single old cut diamond from Susan’s Great-Grandfather. Design has the diamond set low, in an oval textured cartouche on a new style reeded band in 18ct palladium white gold.

Wendy’s two rings + Nigel’s interlocking set © Bh 2015 + two older style links Saturday, Jun 6 2015 

Platinum wedding band, double leaf lattice with Rubies.

Interlocking squares & circles, newer low version.

Visitors to the studio wishing to commission have two resources to use at the brief stage – our viewable records of makes and styles are all on the blog which are used night and day by people all over the world, the two below which were precursors for the rings above. The other resource we use are the three boxes full of silver models that show bands, settings and styles. These are used by Wendy George & Nigel Wilson during their meetings with Barbara to envisage their wedding ring commission. I hadn’t met them until the handover ceremony, I sit behind a wall (unseen) and listen intently as objects are viewed, tried on and I hear all the accompanying excited reactions by folk as they receive their loaded jewels. Wendy & Nigel were just so thrilled I have to add, especially as he isn’t a ring wearer, he says . . .

Barbara’s next Tasmanian show will open June 26, 2015 at Handmark Gallery in Hobart Monday, May 25 2015 

Just an advanced notice and the last June date we want you to drop into your diary. The studio is on track to finish all the makes by this Friday, then I have some time to complete all the imaging, pricing and documentation. The entire series of rings, pendants, necklaces and brooches are all featuring ‘porcelain shards’ found on and around our property in Tunbridge, Tasmania. This should not come as a surprise as Barbara has used found elements as the set “gems” in works since the mid – nineteen eighties. Buttons, beads, glass, wood, steel, other jewellery have all been recycled and incorporated but this show is purely Tasmanian based with antique relics which the earth has given up to us.

Elements from our range of high carat and unique gem stone jewellery from numerous © Bh ‘styles’ are also showing in our cabinets at Hobart and Evandale and via the Handmark web.

Commission via a phone call from out of the blue Tuesday, May 5 2015 

It is always a delight when old “Maker’s Mark” clients from Melbourne resurface, we did numerous commissions and sold from our range over a twenty six year period but never held their client’s names and addresses. Rosemary’s phone call led to an email which led to this remake of her husband’s interlocking ring set, this time in 9ct rose gold. They are chuffed, I’m chuffed to have their contact details now and another commissioner back into the fold.

Melt this 24ct gold, 1 ounce coin and make me a solid gold ring like my oval turquoise cabochon one Thursday, Apr 23 2015 

. . . and I want a large oval polished onyx piece set into the top!

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