Just priced these to sell out at our mid-year studio sale – June 20, 2015 Wednesday, May 27 2015 

Solid sterling silver hand forged neck rings © Bh (with 18ct yellow gold detail) Two smaller ones are hammered only while some larger ones are hammered with raised details.

One of our favourite clients has a Danish version of this that she says works-a-treat and has asked Barbara to make a more “jazzie version” just for her. When it worked so well she suggested Barbara make five more to share the Love . . .

 

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.

An email was received on the 3rd of April 2015 – we sent the pendant to Sydney last night, 22nd April 2015 Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 

No task to large or small . . .

“I am looking for a moon and stars pendant in silver to remember my Mum . . . and I am having no luck! A friend of ours has one of your lovely bracelets and last weekend I was in the Art Gallery shop in Brisbane and I saw some of your jewellery and I wondered if you have something like this available? I’m afraid I couldn’t afford to commission – anything large so sorry if I am wasting your time.” “I would like something similar to the photo enclosed – in theme but doesn’t have to be in style – in silver. I understand if this is not something you would like to – or do – take on. Thank you for your time and have a nice Easter.”

We were happy to comply with instructions, exchanged more emails and quote. The end result was created at studio wholesale – Cresent moon pendant as image supplied – diamond eye in Argentium 935 Silver with polished finish to fit the chain (supplied).

Commissioned in 1996, worn until lost and remade in 2006, misplaced and remade in 2015 Thursday, Apr 2 2015 

Other clients have seen the master pattern and we have made different versions . . . this 925 sterling silver oval slotted band has a (heated to blue) titanium strip. We keep every commission sheet with the recipe and make details so clients are always covered, we supply replacement insurance valuations also.

A family affair – studio commissions rather than random finds while Christmas browsing Saturday, Dec 20 2014 

Lyn Taylor’s brief sheet starts with the date 1/10/2014 and notes delivery in time for Christmas wrapping . . . something for daughter Kate and two things for Lyn. Her large lace dish earrings with x10 of her old cut diamonds, her rubies and recycle her three family rings, white enamel fusion in 18ct yellow gold with those easy-to-wear hooks that Barbara and Juan-luis do so well.

The studio buys back the gold, unsets the stones, weighs and notes the gem details and uses refined gold for its purity. The rings were possibly from early 1900s but the diamonds were from much earlier times, being old rose cuts probably recycled when the rings were made. The diamonds were lovely and clear as were the rubies. We sourced more 2.5mm rubies to get the symmetry right. A large .pdf is here.

Lyn’s wide ‘saddle style’ ring (detail below) with her gold filigree removed from old ring and reapplied to a new © Bh ring with oxidised silver finish.

Kates new ring below using her Amethyst, (11.5mm x 7mm scissor cut 1=3.00ct) set into a tapered rectangular box setting, fitted low for protection and held with x4 claws. Setting is fitted to © Bh ‘cheapside style’ band with each shoulder junction having a cluster of beads as detail in organic style – set with yellow Sapphires and Tzavorite Garnets. 9ct palladium white gold with burnished finish.

I’m busy scanning and preparing posts while the two jewellers slog away on the final makes for the year. A few dedicated commissioners have opted to wait until the new year. More studio visitors who have returned to family here have visited and picked up gifts – most work is reconsigned to our three retailers but we keep studio favourites here for the next five days, right up to Christmas eve.

State Library of Queensland has a small selection of brooches from ‘Tinker Tailor’ on show now Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

Proceed to the second floor and in a lovely long showcase you will find the stories of the women selected, their field of endeavour and the contemporary jeweller’s brooch that was produced in response to their story.

Artisan was responsible for initiating this knockout show and they then travelled this exhibition to eleven regional venues throughout Australia 2012–2013. Curated by Kirsten Fitzpatrick, tour managed by Simone Jones, essays by Dorothy Erickson, Kirsten and Evie Franzidis with photography by Rod Buchholz & Andrea Higgins. The catalogue (published twice) was designed by Melanie Schafer. ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor – 100 women, 100 brooches, 100 stories” – remains an inspired local arts initiative, one that 100 individual jewellers are all proud to be part of as I know Barbara was.

Our annual ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ commissioners + friends, two day studio sale starts tomorrow at 10:00am Friday, Dec 5 2014 

Special makes, stock returned from retailers, some vintage 80’s and 90’s Barbara items, some gem fiends only concentrate on gem stock – everything at wholesale and less until the studio closes for the summer break. This annual event helps us clear the stock trays and assists new year metal and gem purchases, it also enables collectors and fans to stock up on another signature piece while others are here for three or more well-priced gifts.

Additional pic selection: – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8

Here is the ‘mud map’ of all stall holders for tomorrow’s GOMA Christmas Market – from 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday 29th November 2014 Friday, Nov 28 2014 

This is the correct compass orientation – note that the coffee cart will not be beside us tomorrow, blast!  The weather map indicates showers but at least yesterday’s massive storm-cell has passed over us . . . rain, hail or shine we will be there to greet you.

Barbara’s two ‘still life’ small sculptures are at Handmark Gallery, Hobart and Evandale Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 

The entire show is still online here.

925 bright and oxidised Silver with coloured and patinated copper handmade © Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost

Commissioned pendant and necklace for a ‘silver anniversary’ gift Friday, Jun 20 2014 

Collected yesterday, this commission is the first work we have completed in the new alloy ‘argentium’ 935 Silver that is un-tarnishable. The hand made silver wrapped cable is 1.8mm with a J hook and hand made in the USA by our friends at Chris’ Cables. Pendant of a pair of textured gum leaves and a single gun nut set with a light silver/blue freshwater pearl. © Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost, Brisbane Australia.

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