A poem gratefully received: Wednesday, Aug 14 2019 

So many friends and friends of friends, all send their besties to Barbara to commission important jewels Monday, Aug 5 2019 

With nearly fifty years of designs here in the studio it is a privilege to adapt a winning style with this ‘Gems on the Table’ wedding ring for Lindy Hume from Dr Dain Bolwell. With the ring now delivered we have permission to show the world (and name names later when on her hand), which is our custom:

© Bh Commission – ‘Gems on the Table’ wedding ring, having square cushion shaped convex profile top approx. 21 x 21 mm on a broad band tapering to back of finger. Nine gems are flush set to deeply textured surface as per design. 9ct palladium white gold with textured exterior and polished interior finish. Size L.

 

Claire’s ‘gems on the table’ ring for her twenty-first birthday Thursday, Jul 25 2019 

Commission Alice & Bob Bidwell © Bh 2019 – 21st birthday ring for Claire. ‘Slippery Slope’ – Asymmetric scooped oval ring has 11 pavé set gems; oval buff-top garnet, square ruby plus Bidwell gems –  three sapphires and two diamonds plus 4 diamonds. 9ct yellow gold with matt finish and chisel texture to upper gem set surface. Size M.

 

Private commission for one of our favourite Sydney clients and collector, dispatched yesterday Wednesday, Jul 24 2019 

Russian Art Nouveau ring to design and make as client’s directions; With V’s own faceted oval green tourmaline in rub-over setting, 2mm textured band and tapering carved gold scroll-work, set with 3x 5pt champagne diamonds and 4x 2pt champagne diamonds. 18ct yellow gold. Size P.

The commission brief calls this a ‘garden lover’s ring’ finished and collected today Friday, Jul 19 2019 

We have featured the design here and now we can show you the make.

©Bh – Commission D. G. – Botanical Ring has an asymmetric form of wrapped leaves arching over an opal ‘inflorescence’ (6x4mm) which is set in a surround of gold stamen-like beads. Three diamonds are set within the leaf forms 2 x baguettes (each 3.5 x 2mm) and one pear cut (5.5×3.5mm) as per sketch. Gems as supplied by Danielle. Handmade in 18ct yellow gold with matt, textured and burnished finishes. Size R.

 

 

Commissioned ring collected today – congratulations to everyone concerned says our very happy client Thursday, Jul 18 2019 

© Bh – Commission A. H. 2019 – Gem Pavé Ring. Handmade 18ct yellow gold ring has 16x22mm oval cartouche aligned across the finger with 15 gems chisel pavé set to the interior in 18ct palladium white gold. Gems as supplied by Andrea; x2 unusual ‘dog tooth’ sapphires, 12 diamonds including beautiful old mine cut diamonds from older family rings. Plus a pop of bright colour with a single pear cut chrome tourmaline from our gem collection.

© Bh designs shared with clients recently Saturday, May 4 2019 

 

Also, no posts since April 16th – we have been planning Sydney material to showcase at ‘artisans in the garden’ Oct 2019 Sydney Botanic Gardens 

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Two gallery curators visit the studio on April Fools Day Friday, Apr 12 2019 

(names and gallery with-held for now) – sharing this Email we received :

“We are working on an exhibition focussed on rituals in all their forms – We are keen to hear what works you have in development and were wondering if you would be free for a studio visit sometime in the coming month?”

Yes, we all had a super meeting and Barb and I have homework to do . . .

One early 1996 show of Barbara’s was un-earthed and one that I personally think should never be forgotten.

Back in the late 1980s on my weekly visits to see Bebe Senior at her antique shop Lock Stock & Barrel, in St Lucia, Aunty Bebe showed me a beautiful solid silver salver, likely a memento from young Clarence Chafee’s college fraternity rite, adding it was quite unsaleable given the six vulgar phrases engraved on it; Drink Blood, You Give Up?, My Game, Last Call for Bloodweiser, Got 50c?, Eat Raw Meat – with each engraved in a markedly different font. Years followed and when I took up with Barbara, on another visit to Bebe & Bob MacPherson’s they gave the salver to Barb with the wish that she ‘make it into art’. That opportunity happened when Christine Plötz offered Barbara a short duration spot (18/10/96 to 23/10/96) in her James Street gallery schedule.

Using her jewellers saw, Barbara cut around each of the engraved slogans, simultaneously defining a unique shape for each to be later formed into six silver rings. The salver remained, punched void of its offending words. I loved Barbara’s installation device using ‘Heide’s’ text from Keith Leopold’s ‘Deutsche Teenager von Heute” counterposed with a sacred Sanskrit text.  So many readings are possible – on the opening night of the show I remember boys playing with the sexual inuendo theme while gay men derived Barbara had created her own set of graduated cock rings. Two additional readings came from two reviews, one by Leonie Stanford & this by Brookes & Stockwell. We retain this work.

 

 

Commissions come from everywhere, anywhere – simple conversations that friends have, in earshot Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 

Barbara and Anna swim regularly at the local pool, have early coffee and do writing exercises together.

This recycled gold and gem rejig of Vicki’s wedding ring set came about over a chance, counter exchange.

Old & new styles being made for studio sale 2018 Tuesday, Nov 27 2018 

This ©puffstyle profile was developed for a recent commission and has been altered further to accommodate an offset high bezel, hammer set with a lovely class A aquamarine cabochon. 925 silver and 18ct yellow gold, available at the studio sale Dec 8 and 9, 2018.

Another ©lacebox ring in 18ct yellow gold with Barbara’s white enamel fusion, set with a perfect colour Ceylon sapphire, available at the studio sale Dec 8 and 9, 2018.

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