So much happened in the studio last week I’m just catching up today Monday, May 23 2016 

German premier gem supplier visited us two weeks ago – we bought wonderful cabochons and faceted stones for our wholesale collection but one client who had a wish-list note with us was so taken by the graduated strand of Indicolite Tourmalines, she just bought them on the spot. Barbara also remarked when threading the gem beads how much better the drilling was compared with the Asian material we are offered. Here is the handmade textured clasp with a small round brilliant cut Diamond  © Bh 2016 commission.

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Just costed and consigned these to the upcoming ‘mayo’ festival at St Margaret’s Friday, May 6 2016 

Barbara makes everything locally with Juan-Luis, her other permanent studio jeweller and Dimitar, our off-site back-up. Keeping up stock to our three retailers is hard these days as our lovely ‘commission’ clients are now initiating jewels into their family’s third generation. Most new business comes from word-of-mouth and my daughter’s extended set of fashionistas . . . these flower earrings usually go as soon as they are seen out and about.

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Earrings – flower ‘daisy’ plain 9ct yellow gold pink fresh water pearl central hook

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Earrings – flower ‘daisy’ plain 925 silver pink fresh water pearl central hook

 

Three new pairs of Barbara’s successful © ‘Tapered Box’ earrings just finished Friday, Apr 29 2016 

Earrings ‘tapered box’ © Bh – princess cut 9mm Topaz 2=8.0ct – oxidised 925 silver – claw set 18ct yellow gold – post and butterfly fittings. I could rattle off the names of many clients who count on these as everyday wear. The other two pairs in bright silver boxes with 18ct yellow gold setting tabs have the lighter gem tones of Aquamarine and green Quartz.

 

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As soon as we make one of these, they seem to go home with someone Friday, Apr 29 2016 

Every time one of these is finished we wonder who will end up with it? These questions are never answered until the object is finally sold. Barbara’s latest Bib Necklace: this one is graced by a beautiful antique white jade Pi disk from Burma and two hand forged Silver symbols linked to the flat shaped and hammered neck pieces with her signature bar and ring clasp – all solid 925 bright Silver © Jeweller to the Lost, Brisbane.

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Our retailers are gearing up for 2016 ‘Mother’s Day’ – the Artisan on-line shop is up and running Friday, Apr 22 2016 

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New asymmetric Necklace and Pendant 925 Silver ‘rolo’ chain, long lozenge Onyx beads, solid Silver ‘melt’, rail and tab set tear drop Dendrite Quartz pendant, 18ct yellow Gold and oxidised Silver, Cartier clasp – purchase direct here (thanks to Jaala and everyone at Artisan, Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley Brisbane.

Every year the jewellers do these little “quickies” . . . 2015 hand punched studs Tuesday, Dec 15 2015 

925 silver and 18ct yellow gold hand forged and stamped with posts and butterflies

Additional work on a commission from Hong Kong completed and delivered Tuesday, Sep 15 2015 

We have covered this commission previously, Wendy sent back the bracelet asking:

“Dear Barbara and Malcolm, Today I sent the cuff to you via Speedpost.  Should arrive on May 7.  Would you please be so kind as to let me know when you receive it.  We are out of Hong Kong after May 12 until June 8. This sample of the boar tile that you sent Malcolm typifies the rougher element we originally hoped for. With regard to the new leather band perhaps you could send a photo of the leather before re-constructing the cuff?  I am anticipating something in a slightly softer leather, the colour to be lighter and more variegated so it looks a bit worn and, if possible, 1/4 inch wider though that was not in the original brief.  Only if possible to do this since you are re-making it anyway. Again many thanks for this consideration. Best regards, Wendy.”

Barbara dismantled the cuff, initiated a search for a local leather maker, bought more leather samples and started into the medallion with surface punches to (age) the piece. We reported back at each stage and finally sent off the piece for a second time. And yes, the feedback was music to our ears . . .

15 days after our best-ever sales result at GOMA winter sale, I’m back posting new work Sunday, Aug 16 2015 

Earrings © Bh 2015 Block Tabset polished Onyx discs (20mm Dia) 18ct yellow gold with oxidised 925 Silver

This Saturday August 1 is the mid-year GOMA ‘winter design market’ – we will be there 9:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday, Jul 28 2015 

We will be there with our usual generous metal jewellery, our yummy gem stock at (below wholesale) for one day only + new works (at wholesale) recently returned from Barbara’s Tasmanian show – “Midland’s Lepidoptera”. Do please spread the word and we hope to see you!

‘Fragments become fashion’ Page 22 (tasweekend) July11–12 2015 Saturday, Jul 18 2015 

Words by Stephanie Eslake and photography by Sam Rosewarne, thanks to Roz Macallan and John Potter for sending an iPhone pic and the article so I could scan and post. Sarah called from the gallery this afternoon to say that a Brisbane lady just snapped up one of the rings in the show.

Download the high-res .pdf here.

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