Barbara says she didn’t invent *it . . . she just pulled it into her vocabulary Friday, Mar 24 2017 

Yes the *wire form with tab settings . . . have been a signature option here at Jeweller to the Lost since the beginning. Ruth and Barbara made a random arrangement of the elements – silver, onyx and the coral-coloured French glass buttons.

Juan-Luis and I always scan and document most stages of the make either on the iPhone or the scanner. Here is the construct in two sides via my scanner – very clean and scrutinised work.

Barbara’s textured “S” clasp and wrap-around Shakudo settings on our client’s own Ambers and black Resin beads Thursday, Mar 23 2017 

 

Art deco elements recycled into new wearable pendant by Jeweller to the Lost Thursday, Mar 23 2017 

The Barker family women all colluded with Barbara to divide up family pieces, recycle elements and work together to ramp-up the wearability of the things that survived the review. Here is Ruth’s new pendant as constructed in four parts:

Some of Heather’s diamonds and pearls re-cycled for her daughter Kate Friday, Dec 30 2016 

We call this style – Gem Jumbles, just a real crafty way to use the material in their original settings © Bh 2016

Studio closed until early March 2017 Tuesday, Dec 20 2016 

The house sitters arrive this evening and we depart early tomorrow. Everything is cleaned, steel tools oiled, all the plant is powered down, sealed and locked tight. We take this opportunity to thank suppliers, clients and workers who have collaborated with us in 2016 – by far our most successful year in the history of Jeweller to the Lost.

The last commission for 2016 went to its owner last Saturday Tuesday, Dec 20 2016 

The studio valuation was prepared today and posted in the mail. We suggest clients slice open the envelope and keep it with the paperwork enclosed, the date of postage is another proof of identity and ownership.

© Bh Commission P.E. for R. – Ring, low rounded profile band has chisel textured finish and set with Rachael’s own diamond 1=0.60ct and additional 11 x diamonds; 3x square emerald cut, 5 x round brilliant cut, 1 x tapered baguette, 1x baguette (11=0.31 cts F-G Vs) and 1 x round brilliant cut Tanzanite 1= 0.35ct pavé set to upper half. Band tapers to back of finger. Platinum. Size M1/2

 

Our next commission for a long-time collaborator in Melbourne Tuesday, Dec 20 2016 

It is marvellous when people stalk our new commissions on the blog and want something similar . . . but their own gem blend: © Bh Commission Lace dish earrings for (name withheld); Organic design has pair of irregular oval slightly concave forms in black oxidised 925 Silver set with eight pear cut emeralds (hydro thermal) 8=1.56ct, eight round brilliant Russian cut Diamonds J/K SI2 8=0.64ct and two Tanzanite 3.5mm. Black central gem set part is oxidised 925 Silver bordered with 9ct yellow gold edge. Handmade hinged 9ct yelow gold hook fittings with 925 Oxidised silver safety catch. Dimensions approx 15 x 22mm

Here is the powerpoint I prepared for the curator; Elizabeth Bates in 2005 after she invited me to fill the ‘study drawers’ at the Museum of Brisbane Tuesday, Dec 6 2016 

My ephemera collection (and associated memory) was given a super public display of affection at the time . . . and then yesterday Jo Hoban from thedesignfiles visited the studio fleshing out her cover story on 1) our home, 2) our studio and 3) our working collaborations – soon to be featured. Jo wondered, like I have often mused – why more opportunities are not forthcoming to show off lost pieces of personal history. At least one more visitor has mined my archive. The powerpoint is downloadable – here.

Ruby anniversary – commissioned ‘Lace’ earrings with round brilliant cut ruby and diamonds Tuesday, Dec 6 2016 

Barbara’s playful small lace dish with quality gems and extra safety catch on hooks in 9ct palladium white gold

The Monday before next Saturday’s studio sale – the invites are now being opened, the calls from clients who live a far are my next focus Monday, Dec 5 2016 

Q) “Earrings” – what have you done special this year? A) eight pair of “gem jumbles” I’ll photograph and text you the details, have you changed your mobile?

Q) “What Lace rings are new? A) see below:

Lace ‘cupola’ dress ring 9ct palladium white gold round brilliant cut aquamarines 6=0.36ct G/SI Diamonds 6=0,22ct Size P

There are also commissions scheduled right until the studio closes for the year on Friday 16 Dec 2016

Here (above) is a lay down for a unique pair of lace earrings being made for a favourite Melbourne client.

Download the 2016 commissioner’s report for the year, here.

 

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